Bengaluru: India’s legendary cricketers BS Chandrasekhar and GR Viswanath have come together to help Karnataka’s underprivileged schoolchildren realise their cricket dreams.

Chandrasekhar and Viswanath will select about 40 schoolchildren from Karnataka during open trials in Bengaluru. The selected players in the age group of Under-16 will be given free coaching at Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA) academy at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

KSCA president Sanjay Desai told reporters on Wednesday that the association was happy to join Chandrasekhar and Viswanath in this novel idea to spot talent from government schools in the state.

The latest initiative by KSCA will be known as Googly Swing Search Project.

“Last week, Chandrasekhar called me up to talk about this new initiative where economically weaker students will be spotted to give cricket coaching. And we at KSCA were very happy to take this up on a pilot project,” Desai said.

The initiative is the brainchild of Chandrasekhar and his wife Dr Sandhya. And it is open to both boys and girls in the state.

Though KSCA is yet to finalise the date for open trials, Desai said they will soon decide on it.

“The boys and girls will be selected in the age group of Under-16. This project is for the underprivileged kids who cannot afford cricket coaching. We want to target government schoolchildren from Bengaluru and also from the rural areas,” the 73-year-old Chandrasekhar said.

Chandrasekhar, EAS Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi and Srinivas Venkataraghavan formed India’s spin quartet. Chandrasekhar took 242 Test wickets from 58 matches.