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Published: Friday, January 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Vijayawada: National selection committee chairman Chandu Borde on Friday said stumper Nayan Mongia had a ''good chance'' of making it to the national team as he had been cleared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the match-fixing issue.''The selectors have an open mind to pick any player who performs well in the Duleep Trophy or Ranji Trophy matches,'' the former Test player told newspersons at the tea-break of ongoing the Duleep trophy tie here between North Zone and South Zone.''We are looking for a good spinner as our main strike bowler Anil Kumble is yet to recover from his shoulder injury,'' he added.To a query on whether the selectors were looking for an off-spinner or a left-arm spinner, Mr Borde's said, ''A good spinner and who can buy his wickets and who can also bat a bit.''On what assessment the selectors made on a placid wicket on which the match was being played here, he said such tracks could bring the best out of good bowlers. ''We will judge the bowler on how he experiments with his bowling skills and tries to buy his wickets on such flat tracks.'' Borde, when asked which spinner had impressed him the most, said Venkatpathi Raju was trying new tricks and giving a good loop to the ball, luring the batsmen. ''He bowled quite well on this flat track,'' he said.He said former Test player and East zone selector Ashok Malhotra was supposed to be in Vijayawada for the match, ''I do not know whether the Board had informed him or not. I had sent the programme to each of the selectors for the Duleep trophy matches as early as on December 26.''Former national player and coach Madan Lal was supposed to be at Nagpur to watch the West and Central zone match but he has not reached there, he said, adding, ''I think he would be present today, on the second day of the match.''Asked what kind of a team he would pick for the tough assignment against the all-conquering Australians, Borde said ''I would like to have five good batsmen, one all-rounder, a wicket-keeper cum batsman and four bowlers. Depending on the wicket, we would decide on the combination of spinners or medium-pacers,'' he added.''The Test and one-day series against the touring Australians would be very tough,'' Borde noted. He said he was not aware of Rahul Dravid'sinjury. ''I think he might have informed (zonal selector) T A Sekhar.''He clarified that all the five selectors will be watching four games of the Duleep trophy league matches from today onwards and evaluate players performances before picking the Indian side for the Test series against Australia. UNI

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