India’s second-leading wicket-taker in ODI, Javagal Srinath, has slammed the private academies for their wrong attitude and objectives.
Srinath, who served India from 1991-2003, picked 317 wickets in his career. He also serves as an ICC match referee and remains vocal in his quest for young players to focus on red-ball cricket.
The 52-year-old, in conversation with Times of India, spoke about the importance of the Ranji trophy. He further slammed the private academies for drifting players away from it. It feels the objectives of these private institutions are to focus on IPL, whereas the focus should be on Test cricket, reckons Srinath.
He said, “Ranji Trophy is a stepping stone to Test cricket, and players keen to play the longer version of the game need to excel here at this level. If you want to connect better to the sport, the longer version is the way forward. We were lucky because our objective was just Test cricket, not even the ODIs. Now it is different because IPL is very challenging.”
He further feels the orientation of players has changed after seeing the glamour in the IPL, and only a few players want to focus on Test cricket.
He mentioned that a good red-ball cricketer can suit other formats but not vice-versa.
He demanded focus and guidance from the academies and said, “Guidance is required in emphasizing the importance and depth of red-ball cricket. A good red-ball cricketer with a good cricketing brain can always shift his game to suit any other format. Some of the academies do not have the right attitude or objectives. We have to be careful and mindful of them. I have nothing against private academies, but cricket should not be sold; instead, it has to be taught.”