Age-fudging in cricket is poisonous and dangerous: Rahul Dravid during MAK Pataudi Lecture

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New Delhi: Former India skipper Rahul Dravid called on a BCCI to delineate a plans for youth cricket in India and pronounced that it was needed to mislay age fudging and bootleg bowling movement during a youth spin for a growth of a game.

“When we hear a under-19 bowler reported for suspected bowling action, it upsets me deeply. What were a coaches doing until he reached that age. Did his inadequate movement start during 10 years old. Did a subsequent garland of coaches only let it go since he was removing wickets and winning them matches,” Dravid said.

“When during 19, an fervent tough operative child who could have played a youth universe cup, is reported for consider movement he is left editing his action. These brief tenure goals achieved by brief cuts harm a child since we as adults spin a blind eye.”

“It is a identical importance on brief tenure formula that has led to a emanate of overage players in youth matches. The whole practice starts when a manager change a player’s date of birth to concede him to play during a internal event.”

“The law is a actor who fakes his age, competence make it to a youth spin not indispensably since he is softened though since physically he is stronger and bigger. It will have a sputter outcome and an honest and gifted actor will be deprived of a place and we run a risk of losing him forever. Overaging is poisonous and dangerous,” Dravid pronounced while delivering a fourth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture.

India U-19 manager and former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid delivered a MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Tuesday. Image courtesy: Twitter/@BCCIIndia U-19 manager and former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid delivered a MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Tuesday. Image courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

India U-19 manager and former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid delivered a MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Tuesday. Image courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

Dravid also pronounced that BCCI needs to do some-more to attract youngsters to cricket.

“We are not doing adequate to attract youngsters and so losing out on talent. Cricket is not a series one competition for youngster anymore. A tip sports apparatus association told me that a sales of cricket apparatus have left down. we consider we need
to have a plans for youth cricket in India. We need to find a approach to beam out coaches. There has to be good explained guidelines,” he said.

Dravid also suggested to have a rotational complement in youth cricket. “We need to deposit time and appetite on youth cricket,” he said.

He also talked about a trend of immature cricketers giving adult a competition too early and also how relatives put vigour on a immature cricketers.

The 42-year-old also stressed on a need to continue preparation so that they can turn well-rounded adults.

The eventuality was attended by members of both a Indian and South African cricket team, who will be personification a fourth cricket Test during Ferozshah Kotla track here. Also benefaction during a duty was Pataudi’s mother Sharmila Tagore.

“The law is that a actor who has calculated his age competence make it during a youth spin not indispensably since he is
softened or some-more talented, though since he is stronger and bigger. We all know how many of a disproportion a integrate of years can make during that age. That occurrence will have another sputter effect: an honest actor deprived of his place by an overage player, is disillusioned. We run a risk of losing him forever,” Dravid said.

Dravid pronounced not many kids have a support complement like Sachin Tendulkar had during his infirm years.

“Sachin was different. Talent-wise, he was a freak. Everything about his arise to a Indian team, a karma of his success was over a ordinary. It was unusual and to us who were his age, it was roughly scary.”

“What people tend to forget is that Sachin had a good support system. His family were understanding and caring, his
elder hermit was always there to beam him, his manager Ramakant Achrekar was some-more than a coach, a coach – in life
and on a pitch, training him how to reason a bat, pushing him to games.

“Sachin was propitious that he had this immeasurable powerful of support and we brave contend and he would agree, he wouldn’t have
survived and prospered if not for it. Not each immature talent is propitious adequate to have that kind of support. The story of
Indian cricket is dirty with stories of immature sparkling talent descending by a approach side due to a miss of support and
guidance,” he explained.

Dravid also called for despotic discipline as to what a child can do during a cricket academy.

“The BCCI contingency tell a Minimum Standards guideline that academies contingency belong to. If they fail, they contingency be pulled up. We could get a many out of this immeasurable network of academies if they are brought into a formalised structures of a game. And done obliged and responsible to a governors of a diversion during a top level,” he said.

“We might not be doing adequate to attract youngsters and so losing out on talent. Cricket is not a series one competition for youngster anymore.”

“Rather than design a best talent to come flocking to a youth cricket nurseries, we initial need to have a clear, minute plan. A plans for a youth cricket.”

Dravid also heaped regard on Justice Mukul Mudgal.

“I review that Justice Mudgal who is in assign of a organization of a Delhi Test, wanted giveaway tickets to be distributed to children whose relatives couldn’t means to move them to a game. This is brazen thinking,” he said.

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Walking down memory lane, Dravid also talked about Pataudi and pronounced he was someone who had good positivity for complicated cricket.

“As a immature cricketer we always wanted to accommodate Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi since flourishing adult we had listened so many about him from comparison players. From a biggest names in Karnataka cricket of a time: EAS Prasanna, B S Chandrasekhar, GR Viswanath. They would tell us about this inspirational and charismatic captain.

“At a time when former cricketers had post-retirement careers as analysts and commentators of a game, Tiger Pataudi was listened about many some-more than he was seen. He had what we call an aura and we suspicion maybe that was since he was, after all, a prince; maybe that was what princes were ostensible to be like.

“When we did accommodate him, one afternoon during his home in Delhi roughly 20 years ago, we was struck by dual things: a initial was an complete miss of sourness about what he had been dealt with by destiny: to have a universe during your feet as a highly-accomplished 21 year aged diver and to afterwards remove steer in one eye during a indicate your career was only about to take off. To afterwards hoop that, find a approach to continue personification during a spin that done a disproportion not merely to his team, though to his country’s cricket.”

“The second underline that struck me was a deficiency of any ‘in my day’ kind of talk. There was no extreme nostalgia in
him, he had a good positivity about complicated cricket. He was not unnecessarily vicious of a complicated player, desiring that cricket had softened in each aspect. He was incisive, methodical and objective. He took good honour in Indian cricket and how distant it had travelled.”

PTI

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