Vocational training to choose alternative career for failed budding cricketers: Rahul Dravid said BCCI

Rahul Dravid thinks about future of budding cricketers in the 17-21 age-group would be worried about life beyond the ropes if you fail to succeed.

Understanding this uncertainty and seeking a more holistic development of young cricketers, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is mulling a concept where it
would play a facilitator for cricketers to get jobs outside the sport.

The idea was first mooted by former India captain Rahul Dravid at a recent meeting with board officials, where he emphasized the need to enhance life skills of young cricketers outside of the sport. With the cut-throat competition prevalent in cricket today, the thoughtful former batsman recognized that emerging players have very little time to focus on their education, with a lucrative sport.

National Cricket Academy (NCA) COO Tufan Ghosh and the board officials are working on a structure to give this idea on imparting life education a shape.

“Right now, we can’t be teaching them like what happens in NIS, but Dravid has emphasized on life education,” said Ghosh, adding that Dravid has felt the need to develop other virtues of a cricketer to prepare the person beyond the riches in Indian cricket. As a start, the board will be targeting players between the age of 17 and 21 for vocational training.

“Most of the cricketers these days are so engrossed in playing the game that they don’t look at any other aspect of life,” Ghosh said. “It has been observed a lot
of these young players quit cricket by 21. Then it’s a struggle for them to lead a stable life. We are looking at life coaching, internships with companies and
training in other vocational courses and then facilitating jobs for the youngsters.”

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