academy: the cricket academy run by the PIO family trains the best players in the West Indies

A cricket academy at Couva in Trinidad is attracting students not only from Caribbean countries, but there is a lot of interest in virtual coaching from Canada, the United States and even India. “Since the pandemic and lockdowns, cricket players and enthusiasts have been facing challenges in coaching and training. We have expanded our facilities digitally and received hundreds of requests from many other countries for online training “Our coaches talk techniques and watch videos to tell trainees on camera what works and what doesn’t. We now plan to expand our digital facilities significantly,” says Kumar Rampat Cricket CEO Kiran Vashisht Rampat Academy.KRCA has actually launched online video consultations for interns seeking guidance in India, France, Netherlands, USA and Canada.
Officially registered in 2014, the academy was founded by Kumar Rampat, once a gifted leg spinner, who played in the local Trinidad circuit and later served as a cricket coach and administrator working with the West Indies Cricket Board; and his son Krishan Vasudev Rampat, also a popular and well trained cricket coach. While Kumar is now the technical director; Krishan is the head coach of KRCA.

Kumar Rampat presents award to West Indies Under-15 captain Andrew Rambaran

“My dad always loved playing cricket and has been passionate about coaching young people for many decades. My brother Krishan, who also has a bachelor’s degree in sports administration, grew up loving the game and gave up a job. university to become a full time coach. We realized in the early 2000s that the number of cricketers who wanted to be coached by my father and brother was increasing very rapidly and we needed a formal institution. I also been bitten by the cricket bug and my masters in mechanical engineering seemed to fit when my dad and brother started the academy,” Kumar Rampat told TIMESOFINDIA.com He is currently working on his PhD in mechanical engineering with majors in materials science and bioengineering, areas of study that he says will help him in different aspects of the academy.
KRCA has earned the name “The Cricket Factory” due to the number of top cricketers and coaches who are trained at the facilities. Big names include marquee players such as Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran and Jayden Seales; all of whom play international cricket for the West Indies team and several other top class Caribbean players. Several KRCA-trained cricketers are selected in different age categories in the West Indies, Caribbean Premier League, senior national teams and even the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Krishan Rampat with the US Open trophy

And it’s not just interns from the Caribbean islands; cricketers from the United States, Canada, Guyana and many other countries – especially those with a large Indian diaspora – also travel to KRCA for training. With coaching from the age of three; Toddler programs run by the academy are also popular. “We have educated over 400 students over the past eight years, with an average of around 50 students each year. My father led numerous West Indies Cricket development initiatives in over 25 countries and developed coaching manuals and coach education programs. My father and brother are highly sought after coaches. Additionally, our training is high tech and includes slow motion video analysis; rapid guns; stance beam cricket bat sensor to analyze swing metrics and bowling machines with varying degrees of accuracy to help trainees improve their techniques,” Rampat said.
With a large ethnic Indian population in Trinidad and Tobago; the Indian cricket team is also closely watched. “Most of our coaches are of Indian descent and it is the dream of many West Indies players that we train to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL),” Rampat said. The family, like most other Caribs of Indian descent, follow Indian music and Hindu traditions and festivals at home. “We were planning a trip to India for a personal visit and also to get in touch with cricket administrators; but had to postpone it due to post-pandemic travel restrictions,” Rampat said. Apart from India, the United States is also a destination for many KRCA-educated cricketers. Besides the academy’s sports facilities, including two large cricket grounds; training areas and a well-equipped gym; there is a large communal outdoor kitchen where interns and their families can prepare their own meals. “It’s part of the warm and friendly Caribbean culture,” Rampat said.
As cricketers around the world face training uncertainty due to long periods of confinement, including issues of skill regression, mental frustration and missed opportunities for selection and recognition; the Rampats are looking to dramatically increase their global digital training and coaching footprint.