Bangalore: In preparation for the upcoming home series against New Zealand, the Indian cricket team probables are assembling here on Thursday for a 13-day conditioning camp during which they would start off daily with a one-hour Yoga session. The 36 probables would start arriving here on Wednesday for the camp that coach John Wright says would be fitness-specific. Wright, the former New Zealand captain, newly recruited physical trainer Gregory Allen King and physio Andrew Leipus are holding the forte at the National Cricket Academy here, where the probables would work it out. "The probables would have an hour-long Yoga session each day from 7.30 am.
Then, they will have training sessions in the morning and afternoon," chairman of the selection committee Brijesh Patel said on Wednesday. This camp concluding on August 26 is purely focused on physical fitness, and the probables would have nets only in the six-day preparatory camp starting on September 1, Patel said. Wright said the 36 probables offers him and the selectors a wide pool of talent and give them a good indication of who is keen on working harder.
The BCCI has made it mandatory for the probables to attend the camp, and Patel said no one has sought exemption from it. Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif, who are currently playing country cricket, have been allowed to skip it but report for the second stint. Wright said the camp would give an opportunity for the probables to interact with King for the first time. "While India did reasonably well in the World Cup, there are certain areas where we need to do better," he said.
Three teams would be picked from among the probables for the Challenger Trophy to be held here from September 10 to 14, and Patel said the selection is slated for August 26. There is still a question mark on the availability for the series against the Kiwis of veteran speedster Javagal Srinath, who has opted out of the camp as he is recovering from a knee injury sustained during his stint with Durham. In this background, L Balaji, Irfan Pathan (Jr), Amit Bhandari and Avishkar Salvi, who are being talked of as future pace replacements, are expected to be under closer scrutiny. Ajit Agarkar and Gujarat medium pacer Siddharth Trivedi are also attending the camp.