“Abhishek is level-headed and has played the game at the highest level.” © Agencies
Former Mumbai captain Abhishek Nayar may turn out for Cricket Association of Puducherry, who are preparing to make their domestic debut in the forthcoming season. Nayar, a former India player, had played five first-class matches for Mumbai last season.
CAP secretary P Damodaren told TOI that Nayar has been approached to be part of the side. “Abhishek is level-headed and has played the game at the highest level. As we prepare for our maiden season, we feel Abhishek’s presence will be a big boost for our boys,” Damodaren said.
Nayar confirmed that he did get an offer but was yet to take a final call. “They approached me to be a coachcum-player, but I am definitely not coaching. I am considering what to do as a player. I am yet to make any decision,” Nayar said.
Damodaren also mentioned that CAP has been given a go-ahead by the BCCI to prepare for the age-group camps in the coming weeks. “We have received an authorization by the BCCI to prepare camps for the U16 to 23 age categories in the next two weeks. We are also in talks with former TN cricketer CS Suresh Kumar to coach the U-23 team,” he said.
Damodaren informed that the side’s home matches are likely to be held at a ground that’s getting ready in Thuthipet. “We have about 70 acres of land in a prime location for the ground which will be ready by the last week of August. The ground has about 9 practice wickets. If the venue receives an approval of the BCCI, then it could host our home matches,” he said.