Currently there is a huge scarcity of good Wicket Keepers in the market. Our data shows that out of all training given, only 3% is Wicket Keeper training. This situation is not favourable to the game as it creates lack of good quality keepers which in turn reduces the importance of keepers in the game. Our vision is to make Wicket Keepers important enough to their teams so that they can contribute via their keeping skills as well as their batting skills.
Currently, a wicket keeper scout trained in wicket keeping becomes very strong in keeping but lacks batting skills since his initial batting skills are not too high. On the other hand, those trained in batting may turn out to be marquee batsmen but their wicket keeping skill remains same as when they were scouted, leading to them leaking byes, extra wides and dropping catches very regularly.
In the new system of Wicketkeeper training,on every session of Wicket keeping training given to a player will also improve his batting skills. The extent of batting training received by the player will be 70% of the amount of training that would have been received by that particular player if he were trained in Batting.
We hope that this step will increase the amount of quality wicket keepers in the market and make 'Wicket Keeping and Fielding' training a viable option for people who want to make a significant monetary profit within a period of couple of seasons or even use this type of training as a filler between switching of batting and bowling training so as to get a good keeper and also some amount of money from the sale of the second keeper.
Also, as seasons go bye, the penalty for having an low quality wicket keeper will go higher and teams will have to play keepers with higher skills. Therefore, in a few seasons time, one would require a keeper as highly skilled in keeping as his batsmen are in batting.
This new version of Wicket Keeping training will come into effect from the training given on Saturday, 2nd May 2015.
Please Note that this will NOT be a new Training Focus. The players who are selected as Keepers in the two league matches of the week are given training in their Wicket keeping skills if the Training Focus is "Wicket Keeping and Fielding". Those same players will get trained in their Batting Skills. Other fielders will not get trained in Batting Skills that week.