Coach Pankaj Patankar: Founder & Head Coach of Universal Cricket Academy in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is one of the most developing cities of India right from its infrastructure to its economy to its overall development. The amount of growth the city of Ahmedabad has witnessed in the last 10-15 years has been totally commendable. With an overall growth, sports has also been given equal pedestal and you can see many players coming out from Ahmedabad who are playing state level in multiple sports. There is no denying the fact that gujjus love cricket and you can see a lot of improvement in the overall cricketing infrastructure of Ahmedabad. One such academy which is providing excellent coaching and overall cricketing experience to its students is Universal Cricket Academy in Ahmedabad.
Universal Cricket Academy is one of the best cricket academies in Ahmedabad which has two branches, one at Ambalal Farm near Kamupa Party Plot, Ranip and second at Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. The academy is open for both boys and girls with an age group from U6 to U22 years. The academy is led by Head Coach Pankaj Patankar who has a coaching experience of more than 10 years. Pankaj himself has been a state level cricketer who has played for Baroda U16 & U19 team in many state level tournaments including the famed Vijay Merchant Trophy & Vinoo Mankad Trophy.
Pankaj was also a part of NCA U19 Camp during his playing days. The academy which has close to 60 students at present has many players who are currently playing at state level right from the likes of Mustak Momin (U14 Ahmedabad &U14/U16 Ahmedabad District), Sarvil Rathod (U14 Ahmedabad &U14/U16 Ahmedabad District), Manan Thakor (U19 State Player), Mehul Sharma (U14 & U16 State), Rishabh Gohil (U14 State & District), Vicky Sharma (U14 State & District to name a few. Apart from these names, many players of the Universal Cricket Academy are actively playing at District level for Ahmedabad.
Speaking with Cricketgraph, Head Coach Pankaj Patankar shared “Universal Cricket Academy aims to provide the best facilities to its students in Ahmedabad. We want to raise the standards and quality of cricket in Ahmedabad. I have played for Baroda myself, i want to share all my learnings and experience as a professional cricketer to my young aspiring students. We are proud to see that many players of our academy today are playing at state and district level”
The academy apart from its Head Coach Pankaj Patankar boasts of 5 more qualified coaches and the academy provides all the modern necessary facilities for players to have quality practice. Universal Cricket Academy in Ahmedabad has a total of 7 nets, a bowling machine, cricket kit for students to use, astro turf, cement wicket as well as a match simulation ground for players.
Here’s wishing the Head Coach Pankaj Patankar & Universal Cricket Academy in Ahmedabad all the luck for a great career ahead.
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