BCCI being targetted instead of State associations, says Kiran More

The former India wicket-keeper believes State associations should be apportioned blame for not creating the right environment for developing cricket in the country.

Kiran More...“The best talent I have seen is in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.”   -  Shanker Chakravarty

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is being unfairly treated for not creating the right environment for developing cricket in India, according to talent scout and former India wicket-keeper Kiran More.

More was the chief guest at a Legends Club function that celebrated the birth anniversary of Vinoo Mankad at the C. K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India, on Thursday.

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He said, “At the end of the day, the BCCI is being targetted, not the State associations. I always feel that the State associations should be targetted. The BCCI is doing a lot of development work for junior cricket and the facilities it has created at the [National Cricket Academy], Bangalore is unbelievable. And the best talent I have seen is in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The talent there is raw, and on the basis of that, they are ready to play for India in four years’ time.”

‘Quality coaching’ needed

Talking about Mumbai cricket, he said, “You get a cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar once in 50 years. But when you talk [about] Mumbai cricket, there is quantity now, not quality. There is outstanding talent, but what you need now is quality coaching. Players should be coached, but only up to a point. The budding talent should be allowed to flourish in a natural way, and they should be allowed to play freely and enjoy the game. I always travelled to Mumbai to see Tendulkar play, and now you should never miss an opportunity to see Virat Kohli in action.”

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