Selection of fast bowlers for camp on May 23

Published: Thursday, May 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The national selection committee, under the chairmanship of Syed Kirmani, is scheduled to meet in Bangalore on May 23 to choose eight to ten top pace bowlers to put them through a physical conditioning camp in June.

The camp, to be overseen by the Indian team's physical trainer Gregory King, may last for eight to ten days after beginning in the first week of June, the joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ratnakar Shetty, said in Mumbai on Thursday.

"The camp is basically to shortlist a pool of top pace bowlers in the country and keep all of them in readiness for the long season ahead," Shetty said.

It may be recalled that during the last season, that was a highly successful one for the Sourav Ganguly-led team, some key pace bowlers, including Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar, broke down at regular intervals.

The Indian team has a hectic season ahead beginning with the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in July.

The idea for holding such a camp might have come when national team coach John Wright and physiotherapist Andrew Leipus met BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya after the squad's triumphant return from Pakistan, Shetty said.

"Rahul Dravid was thinking on these lines when the team was in Pakistan," Shetty, who was the team manager on that historic full tour after 14 years gap, added.

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