Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has been planning on setting up a cricket academy cross borders in the neighbouring country Bangladesh.
Ranjit Barthakur, the chairman of the franchise took a short tour to Bangladesh and returned with the plan of opening an academy there. This has been planned in a bid to expand its global reach and expand its wings in other countries.
“We want to open a Royal academy in Bangladesh,” Barthakur told reporters during his visit.
“The plan is yet to be finalized but we are thinking about an academy that can feed the whole IPL from here. We would like to send our scouts to discover cricketers from the grassroots, to prepare them by honing their skills so that both of the bodies (RR and BCB) can utilize their talents and skills”.
“I am here to see how we can have an exchange program, for cricket, so that we can flourish jointly, as the eastern Himalayan territory, rather than territories of India and Bangladesh.
“Teams like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai had looked at Bangladeshi players as potential recruitment over the years, and we are definitely looking at them right now. They’ve got grit; they play in very difficult situations, so I think it’s very important.”
The initiative will also serve as the Future programme for the overseas youngsters in Bangladesh who then can form contention to play for Rajasthan Royals in the future.