In a country like India which almost worships Cricket, there's an aspiring cricketer once in every three households. The youngest squad of cricketers doing wonders on the 22 yards only strengthens our belief on that. However, to reach the top, one not only has to face cut-throat competition and overcome umpteen challenges but many times, it also means youngsters give up on a formal education at an early stage to pursue cricket with all their time. And then, an unsuccessful career in sports most likely leads to mammoth financial insecurity.
Behind the glory and glamour, this is a real problem. The fear of not succeeding is no less and can lead to actual failure. Knowing that he is one of the best players Indian cricket has ever produced, one wouldn't be surprised to see that Rahul Dravid is trying to treat it like a visionary man. The former batman who is coaching the U-19 team for a few years now, strongly feels that there should be a process to train cricketers for an alternative career plan. The BCCI is aware of it as well.
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“Dravid and other coaches here had pointed out the need to start such a process. We are working towards formulating a structure before it is sent to the higher authorities in BCCI to get things going,” National Cricket Academy COO Tufan Ghosh, who had been working on it along with other BCCI officials, told Times of India.
As per the report, the BCCI is also urging placement firms to provide training and assistance to cricketers with alternative career plans if/as/when they are out of the race and can't keep up with the game anymore.