A meeting of top MCA officials was called on June 2 to decide the fate of the Rs 20 crore academy which has been virtually shut since July 2011.
“We are starting the indoor academy from July 1,” Dr PV Shetty, who convened the meeting, told MiD DAY yesterday. “We discussed the functioning, maintenance and how to work efficiently at the academy. We will begin our off-season training soon,” added Dr Shetty, who is the Joint Secretary of the
MiD DAY was the first to highlight the poor state of the indoor academy in its February 4 edition. Lalchand Rajput, who is chairman of the MCA sub-committee for the indoor academy, was given a showcause notice by the association for speaking out to this paper.
It is learnt that Rajput, who is currently in the West Indies as India ‘A’ coach, is miffed that the meeting took place in his absence.
However, Dr Shetty said he is in touch with Rajput over academy decisions. “He is returning on July 2 and we had to take several decisions before that. He is in the loop of whatever is discussed,” Dr Shetty informed.
At the moment, the academy only has a bowling coach, while key appointments like Director of the academy, batting and fielding coaches, trainers, physiotherapist and video analysts are yet to be made.
“The key appointments are left to him (Rajput) to decide once he is back. We will go as per the plan charted out,” assured Dr Shetty.