Cricket Centre II opened in M'singh
The Mymensingh unit of the MACOMM London Tigers Cricket Centre was launched on Friday with an aim to strengthen the sport's grassroots in the country.
It is the second such academy after the first cricket centre was officially inaugurated last Tuesday in Sylhet by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, UK British Cabinet Minister and co-chairman of the Conservative Party, the major supporters of the initiative, as part of Project Maja's international social action project.
The Sylhet centre is based at the Divisional Stadium while in Mymensingh, the centre is using the Circuit House ground, which they are developing along with a cricket pitch as the ground already has net facilities.
According to London Tigers' head of cricket Shahidul Alam Ratan, the two setups are free for every student and are well-equipped and will have a minimum of four local coaches in operation.
"The equipment that are being used are of the High Performance quality. It will make the kids feel good," Ratan said yesterday.
"We are running workshops for a better coaching and reporting structure. All coaches must reach their specific targets and apart from the basic cricket rules, they have to teach the spirit of cricket," he added.
The centres, though focused on the age-group cricketers, will ultimately benefit the districts and divisions where they are in operation.
"We hope to work closely with the BCB [Bangladesh Cricket Board] as we have limited funding. If we are with them, we can get different sources of funding which would definitely help us," expected Ratan.
He also added that after three cricket centres are developed, a number of cricketers will be taken to England for training.