Spin doctors to hold parleys in Kolkata

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 20:34 [IST]
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Kolkata:Continuing with its efforts to revive the country's traditional expertise in slow bowling, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would hold the third spin conclave in Kolkata on Saturday with a core group slated to chalk out an action plan for the Board's spin wing.

The working group comprising National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman Sunil Gavaskar, director Brijesh Patel, spin stalwarts Bishen Singh Bedi, E A S Prasanna, V V Kumar, Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble and BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya would hold a brainstorming session to draw up a detailed plan of action.

However, Board sources said former off-spin great S Venkatraghavan would not be able to attend the meet.

An interesting aspect would be the presence of Shastri who had not been invited for the earlier conclaves.

Though Dalmiya had then claimed that the Board had invited only specialist slow bowlers and not spin all-rounders like Shastri, critics felt that the decision was an of-shoot of the bitter relations between the Mumbai-based former cricketer and the Board on the ICC contracts issue.

Concerned over India's inability to produce quality spinners at the international level ever since the arrival of offie Harbhajan Singh, the BCCI had held the first conclave in May last year where 12 spin wizards of the past and present participated.

Acting on its recommendations, the Board later announced a slew of measures, including a ban on One-day matches for junior teams upto the Under-17 age group, conducting regular workshops for spinners at the zonal level and inviting former spin greats to come and train the youngsters.

The second conclave, attended by a core committee of spinners last November, had then prepared a blueprint and Saturday's conclave would be a follow-up action.

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