Srinath to assist speedsters at Pace Academy

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 2:01 [IST]
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Bangalore : Javagal Srinath said today he is mulling to set up an academy for fast bowlers even as the Indian Cricket Board hinted that he may be drafted to train speedsters. At a press conference where he announced his retirement from first class career, Srinath said he is seriously thinking of establishing such an academy though he had not firmed up any plans.

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya who was beside him said Srinath is set to begin his second innings, "as a coach, as a consultant, as a guide and continuing role model for fast bowlers". Describing Srinath as a stalwart, Dalmiya hoped that the bowler would come forward and guide Indian cricket. A role for Srinath is being worked out, he said. When a person of Srinath's stature is eager to contribute off the field, it has to be grabbed with both hands and accepted, Dalmiya said.

Srinath said the Indian team beating Pakistan in three World Cups were most memorable moments of his 13 year career. "India-Pakistan matches are always big event, and when it's World Cup, it's something more than that. It's the high point of my career", the "Mysore Express" said. An emotional Srinath said when he looked back at his career, he had absolutely no regrets and the tenure was filled with fond memories. Quitting the game was a hard decision but a day would come when one needed to move on Srinath said.

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