An Indian government sponsored cricket coaching camp for boys and girls from Commonwealth countries is being held at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Thirty-five participants - 18 boys and 17 girls under 16 years of age - from 16 Commonwealth countries are attending the camp from October 1-30, a Ministry of External Affairs statement said.
The coaching camp, which is the first of its kind, is being conducted pursuant to the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018 in London, the MEA said. India is a major player in the 53-member Commonwealth engaging the Small States and Small Island Developing States.
This cricket coaching camp is aimed at strengthening bonds among the youth of the Commonwealth countries through the medium of sports, the statement said.
In other cricket news, Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is also set to become the new BCCI's new President, reported news agency PTI. Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay Shah will be the new secretary while former BCCI president and MoS Finance Anurag Thakur’s younger brother Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer.
The 47-year-old Ganguly, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, will have to demit his post in September, 2020 as he will go into compulsory cooling off period. Ganguly is considered one of the finest Indian skippers of all time.