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Top four cricket academies of Kolkata

Like other regions of the country, cricket has been becoming more and more popular in Kolkata. Youngsters are trying to hone their cricketing skills in the cricket academies. The author mentions four renowned cricket academies of Kolkata. Read to know more.

Cricket has become the most popular sport in this country overtaking football, hockey and Kabadi. With more and more international success of Indian cricket team, more and more young people are leaning towards cricket. They are planning to learn the nitty-gritty of cricket from the cricket academies. Naturally, more and more cricket academies are coming up in every major city of India.

The traditional catchment areas of Indian cricket are Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. But with the popularization of cricket, promising players are emerging from other cities of India. Cricket academies are in existence in the traditional catchment areas for a long time.

Although not as strong as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi, Kolkata has a very old cricketing tradition. The city has given some very good cricket players. Some of these Bengali cricketers donned India cap, and some have been deprived of India cap due to various reasons, which can be discussed elsewhere. However, with the success of Sourabh Ganguli in the international arena, many teenagers of Kolkata and other cities of Bengal have started taking cricket very seriously. The guardians are now supporting their effort. Many cricket academies have started functioning. In this article, we will discuss the best cricket academies in Kolkata.

#1: Mainland Sambaran Banerjee Cricket Academy

Sambaran Banerjee was an excellent wicket-keeper who could not don India cap due to the presence of Saiyad Kirmani. He later became an India selector. He has been running a cricket academy in South Calcutta. The trainees are in the age group of 8-16. The academy gives stress on strengthening the basic skills of the trainees, physical conditioning, playing matches in different pitches and also on the strategic aspects of the game. The select trainees also visit foreign countries for exposure at different levels. The academy has already given some very promising young cricketers. The fee is very nominal.
Address:7, Jatin Bagchi Road (near Vivekananda Park), Kolkata-700029
Telephone Numbers: 09883463016, 07059818533

#2: Calcutta Cricket Academy

This academy has been providing systematic, all-round training to promising young cricketers for many years. The training is imparted by experienced coaches and former state-level players. The trainees have to compulsory undergo physical conditioning. The gymnasium and physiotherapy facility are available in the academy. Regular theory classes are held. Select trainees are taken to foreign countries for higher-level exposure. The academy has given many state-level and a few international cricketers.
Address: 21A, Nasiruddin Road, Kolkata-700017.
Telephone Numbers: 033-24660344, 09831041010
Website: calcuttacricketacademy.com

#3: Belgachia United Cricket Coaching Club

This academy was established in 1990 in North Kolkata. Former state player Pranab Nandi runs this academy. The trainees are of 8-16 years of age. Coaching is imparted thrice a week. The trainees get practice at different types of wickets. Physical conditioning is given priority. Meal chart is prepared for the trainees. Experienced coaches are available in all departments of the sport. The trainees get exposure to play against senior players. Many promising players have emerged from this academy and some of them have represented the state. The fee is nominal.
Address: 58/1A, Anath Nath Deb Lane, Kolkata-700037
Telephone Number: 033 – 25562163, 033 - 28720075

#4: Khadim Ashok Malhotra Cricket Academy

Of late, this new cricket academy is being praised by the cricket experts of Kolkata. This academy is being run by Ashok Malhotra, the former India and Bengal player. This academy accepts only limited number of trainees and nurtures them to achieve their potential. The training regimen is scientific. Other facilities like physiotherapy, gymnasium and diet planning are available for the trainees. Training and theory classes are held thrice a week. The trainees get various exposures including foreign tours. The fee is nominal. Promising players have started emerging from this academy.
Address: Sarat Chatterjee Lane, Near Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station, Rabindra Sarovar, Tollygunge, Kolkata-700020
Telephone Number: 033-24999280

These four academies along with some other academies run by some of the clubs of Kolkata contribute a lot to train youngsters of the city and maintain the cricketing tradition of Bengal.

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