'Our cricketers see it as a 10-to-5 job'

Published: Monday, March 6, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: The former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Raj Singh Dungarpur on Wednesday came down heavily on the present Indian cricket team, saying that they lacked passion.

Dungarpur was speaking at the release of the book ''Fundamentals of Cricket Technology'' written by Sudhir Amonkar.

Dungarpur said, "The Australians have it, the South Africans have it, so also the Pakistanis, but I am sad to say that during the last six months, the one thing that the Indian team seems to lack is passion."

"It gives me a feeling that it is a 10 to 5 job for them. There seems to be a lack of pride in them and the sooner it is once again inculcated in the youngsters, the better it will be," he added.

Talking about the newly set up National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, Dungarpur said, "We are fortunate to have Rodney Marsh as one of its advisors."

He recounted how Marsh in his faxes had not mentioned bowlers, batsmen or fielders but called them athletes.

Dungarpur said that India has never been short of skills. "We have had the most skillful players in the whole world, but what we lack is athleticism. Due to lack of athleticism, we have not been able to achieve what we should have by now," he said.

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