With Bengal out of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 already, questions are being asked about whether they are being able to produce quality youngsters. To take this a step further, the city’s most celebrated hero, Sourav Ganguly, has launched Sourav Ganguly Foundation, which will be devoted to recognize and nurture budding talents from the schools of West Bengal.
In a press conference earlier yesterday, Sourav Ganguly inaugurated the Sourav Ganguly Foundation (SGF) and Sourav Ganguly Cricket School, powered by PitchVision Cricket Technology. PitchVision is based on the video analysis of practice sessions where a comprehensive data about every delivery is recorded played on its digital platform, along with every move made by the batsman. These records are easily accessible online, and it’s easier for coaches to track the overall progress of their students on a day to day basis. Ganguly claims it’s one of his dream projects to pass his knowledge to the students of India.
Rohan Timblo, CEO of PitchVision, said that they are delighted to work together with SGF and spread out to different parts of West Bengal. PitchVision technology is currently in active use in various academies over the world, including MCC Cricket Academy, Harrow School etc. Also, cricket boards of Australia and South Africa have used this technology in order to improve their performances. Timblo stated that they currently have the data of six hundred thousand players, and 28 million recorded deliveries.
SGF is primarily employing this technology in different schools across the state, including schools from Durgapur, Siliguri etc. They will also appoint a variety of coaches including nutritionists, mental coaches and fitness experts, even overseas if needed, to monitor the entire programme. The service will be provided free of cost to the schools and young school kids will be able to compare their performances with players from different cities, states or even countries.
Ganguly said that due to lack of proper infrastructure and financial support, a lot of youngsters give up on sports from a very early age and strives for pursuing an academic career. This is one of the reasons the SGF is making it free for every schools, to give the financially challenged students an opportunity of a lifetime. Also, Ganguly himself will try to be physically present at the schools in order to mentor them. We hope that a glimpse of Bengal’s favorite cricket icon will surely inspire the coming generations to consider cricket as a career.