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Australia India Council Annual Report 1999–2000


Cricketers holding trophy

Promising young Indian cricketers Mohammad Kaif (second from right), Sridaran Sriram (third from left) and Shiv Sunder Das (second from left) undertook training at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy (CBCA) in Adelaide in June–July 2000 as part of the first year of the AIC-funded Border–Gavaskar Scholarship Program. Also in the photo are South Australian cricket Vice-Captain Greg Blewett (left), CBCA coach Wayne Phillips (right) and Australian under-19 cricket captain Michael Clarke (fourth from left, holding the Border–Gavaskar trophy). (Allsports)

The objectives of the Council’s sport program are to encourage relations between Australian and Indian sports people and organisations, and to demonstrate and promote Australian expertise in sports services and products.

During 1999–2000 the Council provided funding to the Australian Sports Commission for the second year of a two-year program of sports capacity development in India. The main activity is a workshop in New Delhi during 2000–2001 by Australian experts in sports coaching and management for Indian sports administrators, government personnel, and teachers and staff of the Indian National Sports Authority.

The Council provided funding to the Australian Cricket Board towards costs of a redesigned Border–Gavaskar Trophy for Australia–India Test cricket. The new trophy was publicly unveiled by Alan Border and Sunil Gavaskar at the Adelaide Oval on 10 December 1999, and was presented to the victorious Australian side after the conclusion of the third Test match in early 2000.

The Council also provided funding to the Australian Cricket Board for a newly established coaching and training scholarship program for promising young Indian cricketers at the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy (CBCA) in Adelaide. The Border–Gavaskar Scholarship Program was announced at the same time as the redesigned trophy. Scholarships under the first year of the program enabled Mohammad Kaif, Sridaran Sriram and Shiv Sunder Das to attend the CBCA in June–July 2000.

Australian and Indian sports coaches


During the first year of the AIC-funded sports capacity development program carried out in India by the Australian Sports Commission, Australian hockey coaches Mr Hugh Robson and Ms Kim Harper provided instruction to Indian Level 2 and Level 1 coaches at the Bangalore Sports Academy. (Australian Sports Commission)

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