Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is setting up a cricket academy to hone the skills of young players.

The Academy will be based at the Gymkhana grounds here and former cricketer M V Sridhar will be its Director, while S Venkatapathi Raju, Vijay Mohan Raj, Kanwaljeet Singh and Vivek Jaisimha would be the coaches, HCA president Arshad Ayub said on Saturday.

The Academy aims at honing the skills of players in various aspects like fitness, skill development among others.

Players hailing from districts, other than Hyderabad, will be housed in the academy and the HCA would also take care of the education of the inmates, he said.

The players would be trained for two years initially and later their performance would be evaluated.

The selection committee and coaches would select the trainees for the Academy. It will have 20 state-level players. The lower age-group players will get training in satellite academies first and will be promoted to the state-level, based on their performance.

"We want them to earn their place. It should not be given to them," Ayub said.

The satellite academies are also being set up and Sridhar is involved in its planning, he said.

Replying to a query, he said A T Rayudu, who has shifted to Baroda from Hyderabad, did so out of his own choice and HCA had no problem in having him.

Replying to a query, Ayub expressed confidence that the Hyderabad Ranji team would be able to make a turnaround after its dismal performance last year.

The Hyderabad Ranji team was all out for only 21 in a match against Rajasthan last year.

Ayub also announced selection committees/coaches for 2011-12. They are as follows:

Senior Selection Committee: Chairman: Abdul Azeem, Vanka Pratap, A Nanda Kishore and Shaik Riazuddin (Members)

Junior Selection Committee: Vanka Pratap (Chairman), Imran Mahmood, Amarnath, Azamth Ali (Members)

Sub-Junior Selection Committee: Imran Mahmood (Chairman), Timothi Ravi Kumar, K Sainath, Arvind Shetty (Members)

Coaches: Ramesh Kumar(under 22 Team), Vidyuth Jaisimha (Under 19) D Girish (Under 16) and Kiran Kumar (Under 14)

Fielding Coaches: Noel David, N S Ganesh, Anil Mittal, G Dayakar Reddy, M Jaya Prakash, M A Jaweed.

HCA Academy: Director: Dr M V Sridhar, S L Venkata Pathi Raju, Vijay Mohan Raj, Kawaljeet Singh and vivek jaisimha (Coaches)

Cricket Governing Council: Arshad Ayub-President, D S Chalapati- Secretary, N Shivlal Yadav, S L Venkata Pathi Raju, Dr M V Sridhar, V V S Laxman, P Pragyan Ojha

Consultants for District and Satellite Academies: Rajesh Yadav, R Vijay Paul, N P Singh, Noshire Mehta, Maheshwar Singh.

Match Referees: Youraj Singh and S Daniel Manohar.

(Agencies)