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GUWAHATI: The women cricket in Assam is heading for the right direction and the State is capable of producing international cricketers within next two years, feels Head of Women Cricket Development of Rajasthan Royals Shuchi Kulshrestha.
Shuchi is in Guwahati in connection with the formal launching of State Cricket Academy at the ACA Stadium at Barsapara here on February 16. It will be a joint venture of the Assam Cricket Association and IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals and anMoU between the two sides will also be signed at the same function.
Talking exclusively to The Sentinel on the sidelines of the closing function of KanaklataBaruah Inter Zonal Women's Cricket Shuchi, who also witnessed a couple of matches of the competition, said, "You've good talents in this game. Piling up huge score in a 50-over game, hitting big sixes… we are not habituated with this type of cricket involving women players. But it's happened in this competition. The energy level of cricketers is also very high. I'm very impressed with the talent of the local cricketers."
She added, "If they continue playing like that and receive quality support from the academy I feel the State can produce international cricketers within a couple of years."
Rajasthan Royals are running three cricket academies in the UK, UAE and Nagpur. Guwahati will be their fourth destination. The activity of academy in Guwahati has already been started, and it will be formally launched on Tuesday. Both men and women cricketers will be trained in this academy.
Shuchi also praised the Assam Cricket Association for taking initiative to promote women cricket by introducing a new competition.
"The number of competitions for the women cricketers is very less in the country. It's nice to see the Assam Cricket Association introducing a 50-over competition. It would really help the local cricketers to boost their confidence with some good contribution from bat and ball," said Shuchi.