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Budding Bengal cricketers set to “train” English communication

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The budding Bengal cricketer is all set for an English change. Under a partnership, the British Council will train them to develop their oral communication skills and etiquette. The move comes at a time when young Indian cricketers are getting in touch with international players and coaches with a growing number of leagues in the country and around the world. Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya hopes the tie-up with the British Council will empower the state’s young players “both on and off the field”.

“Given their increasing exposure to the media through IPL and other platforms, we want to enable our players with better communication skills that will allow them to stand out with more confidence and awareness,” Dalmiya said.

“We hope this will give them a chance to not only be able to express themselves better but also to make the most of the international opportunities that come their way.” Under this partnership, the British Council will organize two training programs for different proficiency levels in spoken English that will enable learners to speak confidently in a variety of situations and even enhance instant conversation and improvised speeches.

From a technical point of view, the British Council will focus on pronunciation, sentence formation, grammar, fluency of speech, connectors, interactions and conversational language.

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Terming the initiative “life-changing”, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata Nick Low said: “We at CAB look forward to working with our friends to help Bengal’s rich vein of cricketing talent become a global icon of tomorrow “

The date and time of commencement of the training program will be decided based on the schedule of the players.

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