Troy Cooley to be assigned bowling role at National Cricket Academy (NCA)

Troy Cooley to be assigned bowling role at National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore is all set to welcome former cricketer Troy Cooley as the bowling coach. The Indian cricket board has recently appointed former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman as the chief of the key cricking academy.

The BCCI now aims to groom a new set of speedsters for the coming years and no one better than decorated Troy Cooley could be called for the role. Cooley is reckoned one of the finest bowling coaches in world cricket at the moment. 

He shaped out the English pacers to be a nightmare for the mighty Aussies during the 2005 Ashes, which is still considered one of his glorious coaching moments. Moreover, Cooley was present in the English cricketing setup and the success of Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Steve Harmison is hugely ascribed to him.

“I would say one of the biggest success for both Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah) is to convince Troy Cooley to work with India’s next batch of pacers at the National Cricket Academy (NCA),” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

As per the reports, Cooley is learnt to be awarded three year’s contract from BCCI and during these years, he will work closely with chief VVS Laxman to shape up the new set of Indian pacers.

“We are hearing that BCCI is giving Cooley a three-year contract and he will closely coordinate with head of Cricket VVS Laxman,” the senior official added.

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The former Tasmania cricketer was soon called by Cricket Australia, after his success in the 2005 Ashes, where he worked until 2011. Later Cooley was again awarded a role by Cricket Australia at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

BCCI’s exclusive fast bowler’s contract:

Besides this, the BCCI has also come up with a new idea to award exclusive contracts to a number of young pacers. 

With Indian senior test pacers such as Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami getting to the wrong end of their 30s, the cricket board wants the next crop of young Indian pacers to be groomed specifically for the role.

Troy Cooley and VVS Laxman will select around 10 young fast bowlers who will be given the exclusive fast bowlers contract. These players should not be known to the Indian setup.

It is noteworthy, the exclusive fast bowler’s contract has nothing to do with the central contract awarded by the BCCI to its most important players.

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