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Mentoring to reach greater heights

CASH, Kerala a project envisioned by our dynamic President, KCA Shri T C Mathew was started in 2009 with an aim of spreading cricket to every district of Kerala. We can proudly say that his mission has taken its roots as most of the district teams now are capable of upsetting the monopoly of few districts which used to dominate Kerala Cricket till a few years back. CASH Kerala has a big role to play in this new chapter as most of the Academy players in its roll & former players who were part of the system are in the teams in all age categories especially in U-14, U-16 & U-19. This has given hope to many young talents In Kerala to take up cricket in a big way. From 3 Academies in 2009 (Juniors of Class X & below), it slowly spread its wings by adding an academy at each district (Kerala has 14 districts) to strengthen its Junior Cricket. In 2014 we had as many as 27 academies after inclusion of Senior & College Academies for both Boys & Girls.

KCA President’s wish is to see Kerala win the National Championship & players represent the National Team. His untiring efforts & mission to take Kerala to the pinnacle of Indian Cricket by improving its facilities & creating a conducive atmosphere for playing cricket is laudable as not only his dreams are coming true but cricket as a whole is been accepted in this football crazy state. The last two years saw 3 new grounds which can host first class matches helping our cause. Another 5 grounds are getting ready & we will witness a cricket ground at every district within the next few years. We can proudly say that other states in India have been envious at our growth & improvement through our Academy structure & system. We thank our President & other officials like Shri Ananthanarayanan (Hony Secy. KCA), Shri Jayesh George (Hony Treasurer) & Shri Ronklin John (VP KCA) for their whole hearted support & instilling belief to dream big.

KCA has been providing the CASH Kerala trainees with boarding& lodging facilities. The players are also provided with personal cricket gears, dresses &the best facilities for practicing, training & harnessing their cricket skills. We concentrate on improving the players cricketing skill as well their physical & psychological training and thus readying them for future battles. We are earnest in our effort to provide sustainable bench strength for strengthening State teams. We are gaining ground as our Kerala State team emerged Champions of South Zone in the Under – 16 category in the 2013-14 season. It is greater pleasure for us as the side had as many as 10 players from the Academies. This has not only motivated us, but strengthened our quest for putting in more concerted efforts to excel in all age categories. In the ensuing years the trend has not changed & many academy players are finding a niche in the State Teams.

The academy is proud to announce that Salman Nizar (a class XII student of Sacred Heart HSS, Thevara at that time) made his Ranji Trophy debut representing Kerala Senior Team the year 2014-15. He also represented South Zone U-19 team, Kerala U-19 & Kerala U-23 Team the same year. He was one of the consistent performers for Kerala U-23 team in helping the team reach the Semi Finals for the Col CK Nayudu Trophy. Mohd Azharuddeen of KCA Ernakulam College Academy is another player who impressed with his consistent batting performance in 2014-15. He scored 4 centuries in 2014-15 including his best of 181 against Saurashtra in the Col C K Nayudu Trophy. He is the 2nd player from the Academy to represent Kerala Senior Team. He represented Kerala in all 3 format of the Senior Team (Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare & Syed Mustaq Ali). Salman Nizar & Kavya K from Ernakulam & Trivandrum College Academies respectively represented South Zone Women U-19 team this year (2015-16).

To strengthen KCA& make it more professional / result oriented, KCA roped in the services of Shri Chandrakant Pandit a former Indian cricketer as Director of Cricket, KCA in 2013. He was with us from Nov 2013 to Jun 2015 and his experience &professionalism helped KCA to a great extent. During his time, KCA also had set up Centre of Excellence (COE) at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi. We periodically visit every academy &select trainees who are having potential to train at COE specialist camps. It is a memorable one for the selected trainees as they are guided by professional coaches & trainers. The trainees are subjected to various methods to improve their cricketing skills as well as personality development to develop self-confidence, leadership qualities & goal setting.

The Academy system has been strong & its players presence is felt in every age category team. Many of our young talents are also representing Kerala State in the U-14, U-16, U-19, U-23 & U-25 categories.

In 2014-15 season, there were as many as 15 academy boys who represented Kerala in U-19 category for both Cooch Behar & Vinoo Mankad Trophies.

Academy players representation in other categories include 4 players in U-25 (Prof Ram Mohan Das Reddy Trophy), 2 players in U-23 (Col C K Nayudu Trophy), 10 players in U-16 (Vijay Merchant) & 5 players in U-14 (South Zone Inter State Championship) categories respectively. In 2015-16 season, there were as many as 16 academy boys who played for Kerala in U-19 category in both Cooch Behar & Vinoo Mankad Trophies. Academy players also represented Kerala State Teams in U-23 (6 players), 8 players in both U-16 &U-14 categories respectively. Mohd Azharuddeen represented Kerala Senior Team in all 3 formats. Also 3 of our players were picked for NCA Zonal Academies.

CASH Kerala Academy teams at the districts have also been participating in the leagues conducted at respective districts & have performed well. Among the Academy teams, Ernakulam Senior Academy Team performance is worth mentioning as they retained the Ernakulam First Division League for the 3rd consecutive year in a row. It was a remarkable performance from the young wards as the best conducted league in Kerala was thrown open to professional players from other districts through KCA Dual Registration policy. Many Ranji Players from other districts participated in the Ernakulam league representing various clubs.

The Academy Girls also had their share of glory as 3 girls from the academies represented Kerala Senior Team in the year 2014-15. In addition to it, 7 girls represented Kerala U-19 & 11 girls in U-16 categories respectively. Emerging young star Minu Mani (a class XI student that year) who represented Kerala State in all 3 categories also got selected to represent South Zone U-19 team in 2014-15 season. In the 2015-16 season, the Academy Girls represented in almost every category. In Senior category (3), U- 23 (11), U-19 (12) & in U-16 (9) girls respectively played for Kerala State.

The Girls at the CASH Kerala Academies are not far behind the boys & showed enormous character & will power to better the performance every time they stepped onto the field of play. They were Runner Up in National School Championship held at Punjab.

Through CASH Kerala, KCA has succeeded in its initial aim of spreading cricket to every district of Kerala state. To make it more effective & qualitative, this year onwards KCA has decided to spruce up the Academy system to suit the needs of the present by turning the system to Zonal Academies. Now we are lean & strong with all 3 zones have both Junior & Senior Zonal Academies for boys. In addition KCA has decided to continue its two College Academies at Ernakulam & Trivandrum. We also have 2 Junior Zonal & 1 Senior & College Academy for Girls. In total we have 12 Academies presently& the strength is approximately 180 with 124 boys & 66 girls respectively.

Some Outstanding Performances from our Academy Players are listed below:

There were 5 hundreds by our CASH Kerala Academy players in the BCCI conducted tournaments this year (2015-16).

a) Mohd Azharuddeen (U-23) of Ernakulam College Academy scored 156 against Maharashtra in Col CK Nayudu Trophy.

b) Salman Nizar (U-19) of Ernakulam College Academy scored 138 n.o against HP in Cooch Behar Trophy.

c) Anand Krishnan (U-19) of Malappuram District Academy scored 102 against HP in Cooch Behar Trophy.

d) Amal C A (U-16) of Kannur Senior Academy scored 113 against Hyderabad in Vijay Merchant Trophy.

e) T Nikhil (U-16) of Malappuram District Academy scored 135 against TN in Vijay Merchant Trophy.

Some of the outstanding performances by CASH Kerala Players in this year BCCI Championship is given below:

a) Mohd Azharuddeen of Ernakulam College Academy scored 293 runs at an Avg of 48. 83 with 156 being the highest against Maharashtra in Col CK Nayudu Trophy (U-23) tournament.

b) Salman Nizar of Ernakulam College Academy scored 317runs at an Avg of 52.83 with 138 n.o. being the highest against HP in Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) tournament.

c) Albin Alias of Trivandrum College Academy scored 310 runs at an Avg of 38.75 with 86. being the highest against Chhattisgarh in Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) tournament.

d) N P Basil of Trivandrum College Academy took 22 wkts at an Avg of 19.04 with 7 for 53 being the best bowling performance against Chhattisgarh in Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) tournament.

e) Sijomon Joseph of Ernakulam College Academy took 22 wkts at an Avg of 23.13 with 7 for 108 being the best bowling performance against Maharashtra in Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19) tournament.

f) Amal C A of Kannur Senior Academy scored 358 runs at an Avg of 59.66 with 113 being the highest against Hyderabad in Vijay Merchant Trophy.

g) T Nikhil of Malappuram District Academy scored 211 runs at an Avg of 30.14 with 135 being the highest against TN in Vijay Merchant Trophy.

h) Akshay Manohar of Ernakulam Senior Academy scored 199 runs at an Avg of 33.16 with 52 being the highest against Karnataka in Vijay Merchant Trophy.

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