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CAB collaborates with British Council
to deliver English training to budding cricketers

1ST July 2022
CAB and British Council are partnering to train the state’s budding cricketers. The training will be focussed on developing effective verbal communication skills and etiquette. The initiative was launched at the Dr. B.C. Roy Club House at Eden Gardens, in the presence of Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, by Avishek Dalmiya, CAB President, Snehasish Ganguly, Hony. Secretary, CAB, and Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council.
Young Indian cricketers are increasingly getting exposure to international players and coaches and getting to interact with them during practice sessions and team meeting, owing to the growing number of cricket leagues in India and across the world. Improved English proficiency will aid communication and enable the young cricketers to grasp discussions around technique and strategy faster.
Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, said, “The UK/India 2030 Roadmap announced by our Prime Ministers last year is transforming the relationship between our two great countries. My job is to ensure the benefits of this new era are felt here in West Bengal and across East and Northeast India. I’m delighted that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and British Council are bringing two defining characteristics of Bengal – education and sport – together in an exciting initiative to teach young cricketers’ life-changing English language skills. We look forward to working with our friends at CAB to help Bengal’s rich vein of cricket talent become the global icons of tomorrow.”
Avishek Dalmiya, President of The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said, “We are looking forward to our collaboration with British Council as we want to empower our young players both on and off the field. Considering their growing exposure to the media through IPL and other platforms, we want to enable our players with better communications skills that will allow them to stand with more confidence and awareness. By skilling them in the English language we hope to allow them a chance to not just be able to express themselves better but also make most of international opportunities that may come their way.
“This is an excellent initiative. This will help the players grow in confidence and progress themselves better, which is often a stumbling block for them. This is the first of a series of classes that will be held with British Council's help and it will give the players an opportunity to grow mentally and diffuse any complex they may have when they go to play overseas. It will also help build their personality,” said The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Hony. Secretary Snehasish Ganguly.
Naresh Ojha, Vice-President, The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), said, “This is the first of a series of programmes for budding cricketers. The next would be on ethics training to fulfil the need to educate and sensitise young players and debutants about game ethics and the need to inculcate discipline and integrity among players.”
Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director East and Northeast India, British Council, said, “We are excited to be associating with the Cricket Association of Bengal, to empower young cricketers on their journey to international success. Stronger communication skills and improved English language proficiency will help the players overcome the language barrier, opening more doors to new opportunities. Launching the initiative today – on the eve of the birth anniversary of the great educationist Late BC Roy – and at this venue – the BC Roy Clubhouse – is only befitting the vision of the architect of modern Bengal. We are very grateful to the additional support from Indo-British Scholars’ Association, a UK universities alumni body of Kolkata.”
Under the proposal, British Council will deliver two training programmes for different proficiency levels in spoken English that will enable learners to speak confidently in a wide range of situations and even enhance impromptu conversations and extempore speeches. From a technical standpoint, British Council – global experts in English language training - will focus on pronunciation, sentence construction, grammar, fluency of speech, connectors, transactional and interactive language for skilling the players. The date of commencement and time for the training programme will be decided based on the schedules of players.

Arindam Basu