Australia India Council Annual Report 1999–2000
The objectives of the CouncilÂs 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 1999Â2000 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 2000Â2001 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 BorderÂGavaskar Trophy for AustraliaÂIndia 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 BorderÂGavaskar 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 JuneÂJuly 2000.