Indian speedsters to train under Lillee

Published: Friday, September 14, 2001, 1:39 [IST]
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Chennai: The present crop of fast and medium pace bowlers would be trained under former Australian quickie Dennis Lillee at the MRF pace Foundation, Whenever he visits the academy, according to the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI).
BCCI sources said the decision was taken during the Mumbai selection Committee (MSC) meeting to pick the team for the South Africa tour. Indian coach John Wright had insisted that the fast bowlers so picked should attend Lillee's camp in Chennai beginning here on Thursday, the sources said. "In fact, the fitness test of all six fast bowlers and Leggie Anil Kumble was to be held here for three days from September 17. Dr Anant Joshi of Mumbai was also to be present to assess the fitness levels of these bowlers," the sources said. Meanwhile, T A Sekar, chief coach of the foundation, and a selection Committee Member from the south, in a press release here, said that Lillee, who is arriving here on Thursday night, would find time bowling techniques and suggest corrective methods. Though there was no information on Javagal Srinath attending the camp, Venkatesh Prasad, Zaheer Khan, Harvinder Singh and all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi would be arriving here on Friday, according to Sekar. Sekar said they had not received any message from Kumble and confirmation form Dr Joshi was expected on Thursday night. These two were to come here to September 17, Sekar said. Besides the current senior team bowlers, BCCI has advised fast bowlers in national and regional cricket academies to attend the camp. The board has deputed Devinder Singh (UP), Senthil Kumar (Karnataka), Kunal Lal (Del), Mihir Diwakar (Bihar), Shalabh Srivastava (UP) and L Balaji (TN) to the academy. Coaches Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Rakesh Kamath will also be attending the camp, along with their wards. Asked about the financial implications, he said Lillee is only doing an honorary job, helping these Indian cricketers and trainees deputed by the board. MRF is extending their facilities free to help develop Indian cricket." "As in the past, the Sri Lankan and Bangladesh cricket Boards have already sent two bowlers and a coach each to the camp scheduled from Friday to September 24," he said. Akalanka Gangame and Prabath Lakshitha from Sri Lanka, along with coach Pramodya Wickramasinghe and Tarik Ul Islam and Mohammed Tarik Khan and coach Golam Faruk Chowdhury from Bangladesh have already arrived here. Sekar said the two bowlers from the New Zealand 'A' team would not be attending the camp, as that nation's cricket Board had called back its team from Hyderabad.

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