A month ago, for 14-year-old B.D. Naidu, an inmate of Public and Police Association (PAPA) Home, the dwelling for street children, playing cricket was a distant dream. It was confined to the rickety television set at the home.
But today, he is a budding left-arm medium pacer, thanks to the one-month cricket coaching camp organised by the Visakha City Police Cricket Club. Talking to The Hindu , the youngster, who is in Class X, said that he idolised the Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan.
“I want to bowl like him, and the coaching has given me the platform I have been looking for,” he said.
In all, 60 youngsters between 8 and 15 years participated in the month-long camp. Of them, 40 were children of police personnel, 12 were from the PAPA Home, and the remaining were children from non-police families. ike Naidu, R. Ganesh, a budding off-spinner and middle order batsman, idolises Suresh Raina.
According to coach S.K.A. Hussain, a former Andhra cricketer, the children are a talented lot and are waiting for a platform to flower.
Distributing the certificates and trophies on the concluding day on Monday, Commissioner of Police Amit Garg said that three things were necessary to develop into a good sportsman — interest, passion, and practice.
Secretary of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association K. Parthasarathi, in his address, advised the cricketers to believe in the spirit of the game and its traditions.
He urged them to respect the opponent, the umpires, captain of the side, and the team members.
DCP (Law and Order) C.M. Trivikram Varma, ADCP (Special Branch) Ravi Kumar, Additional Commandant (Home Guard) Motilal, and Captain of the Police team Ilyas Mohammed were present.
Month-long coaching camp of Visakha City Police Cricket Club concludes