Spin may fly high again with BCCI~~s turner

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) much-awaited spin wing was on Saturday set rolling with the constitution of a working group and finalisation of a detailed action plan in a bid to rejuvenate the decaying art of slow bowling in the country.

The third spin conclave, held in Kolkata during the day, chalked out a strategy to identify rookie talents from various parts of the country and harness them through a comprehensive programme to enable India to produce top-flight spin bowlers once again.

Briefing newspersons on the day-long deliberations at a five star hotel, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya announced that the working group, christened as the spin wing committee, would comprise legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar (chairman, National Cricket Academy), spin stalwarts Bishen Singh Bedi, E A S Prasanna, V V Kumar, Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble as also former middle-order batsman Brijesh Patel (director, NCA).

BCCI secretary S K Nair would be the convenor while Gavaskar and Patel would be ex-officio members.

The BCCI president said that the spin wing would be under the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and not an autonomous body.

He said that members of the spin wing committee would periodically visit camps for Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-22 cricketers and also watch the inter-zonal academy tournament to spot talents.

The Under-15 camp was already in progress at the NCA while the inter-zonal academy tournament would start shortly followed by camps for the Under-22, under-19 and 'A' level cricketers.

"It has been decided that of the around 200 cricketers selected for the zonal academies, 40 will be spinners," Dalmiya said.

While Kumar was already working on the Under-15 camp, the conclave decided that Prasanna, Kumble, former spinners Padmakar Shivalkar and Raghuram Bhat would watch the academy tournaments. The other camps would also be attended by committee members and specialist spinners.

The identified spin talents would be called for a four-week camp at the NCA in Bangalore to fine-tune their skills. Bedi, Prasanna and Kumar would be the chief coaches and Shastri and Kumble would also lend assistance provided they were available.

The meeting also decided to conduct a camp for the talented wicketkeepers of the country in September at Bangalore to be run along with the spinners camp.

"The committee felt that this will not only help the wicketkeepers to improve their 'keeping skills against spin bowling, but also help spinners immensely," Dalmiya said.

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