Don~~t brag about teammates in public: Bedi

Published: Saturday, June 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dharamsala:Even as a debate raged on who should be the opening partner of Virender Sehwag, legendary left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi on Saturday said players should refrain from expressing their views about their teammates in public. "Let the selection committee do its job as the players' job is to play for the team," said Bedi, referring to the recent comments by some of the players undergoing training in a camp in Bangalore.

Without naming any player, the former Indian captain said such airing of views in public could affect the bonding in the team, which was "not desirable".

Bedi is currently holding a coaching camp for 90 upcoming cricketers, including 25 from Himachal, at the international cricket stadium.

Meanwhile, on the controversy over illegal bowling action, Bedi urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take stern action against those bowling suspect deliveries.

Players like Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were setting a wrong example for the upcoming players, he said while observing that more than a dozen bowlers in the Indian subcontinent including some pacers had bowling action which did not conform to the rules."This is not cricket," he said.

Bedi said there was enough talent in the youngsters but the need was to channelise this talent in the right direction.

Appreciating the facilities available at the stadium in Dharamsala as "world class". Bedi said coaching camps could be organised for the national cricket team also.

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