We want to make the camp hard work

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2003, 21:27 [IST]
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Bangalore: Indian cricket coach John Wright said it won't be "all work-no fun" for the 36 India team probables at the conditioning camp that kicked off here on Thursday, and announced that the plans and goals to be achieved in the coming season would be spelt out. "We want to make it challenging, hard-working and also fun," Wright told reporters at the beginning of the 13-day fitness-specific camp here. "We will take the opportunity to spell out plans and goals to achieve in the coming season." In the first two days, the fitness level of each probable would be assessed and thereafter, plans would be laid in place accordingly.

The 36-probables would be divided into four teams after two days to infuse an element of healthy competition, he said. Responding to a question, Wright praised the newly recruited physical trainer Gregory King, saying India has a high quality person in that position. "He will do a good job. I am very confident he will do an excellent job for India." Wright said he, King and physio Andrew Leipus have laid out detailed plans for the camp. He said he does not believe the number of probables at 36 is huge, adding, "It's a wide base of players. We are confident of handling that."

Asked about Sachin Tendulkar, who had undergone a finger surgery recently, Wright said, "We have not singled out any player. The camp would address injuries and issues of concern. Our aim is to help players to reach their potential." Wright said there would be "continuity" in physical fitness process of the Indian team as King had detailed discussions with Adrian le Roux, whom he replaced. "He (King) will carry that process on," he said. Wright refused comment when asked about the pitches for the coming New Zealand series, saying he would like to confine his remarks to only the camp.

"We are keen to play good cricket on any surface," he said. He also laughed away when his comment was sought on Sunil Gavaskar remarks on sledging, saying "I am right now concentrating only on the camp." Meanwhile, King had his first session with the team after taking over as physical trainer. "I am looking forward to raising the physical standards further," he said.

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