Mumbai, Chennai, Mohali to get BCCI academies

In a bid to reduce the load on Bangalore's National Cricket Academy (NCA), the Indian cricket board will start regional academies in Mumbai, Mohali and Chennai.

The decision was mooted by Specialised Academies Committee chairman MP Pandove and was accepted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its working committee meeting here Monday.

"The three academies will lessen the burden on the NCA. Each academy will cater to nine states and this will have a major effect on talent development," a top BCCI said.

The BCCI is also planning to go on a massive talent hunt programme in the northeastern states. "We will be hold open trials for players in the north east and the best would be trained in the three academies," the official said.

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