Srinath plugs for bowling coach for Team India

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Contrary to newly-appointed coach Greg Chappell's views, former India pace spearhead Javagal Srinath today said he felt the need of a bowling coach for the Indian cricket team.

"The team should have a bowling coach irrespective of whether he is an Indian or a foreigner," Srinath said on the sidelines of a sports symposium held here.

"I think the Indian bowling department can improve a lot if a bowling coach is appointed who can contribute by sharing his experience and skills with the players," Srinath said.

However, he categorically denied that he was in the race for the post (of bowling coach).

Chappell had recently said that Indian team did not need a bowling coach instead he was in favour of having a fielding coach.

In an attempt to streamline the Indian pace attack, former speedster Javagal Srinath today advocated the need for having a rotation policy regarding playing fast bowlers in the team.

"The selectors should shortlist six to seven fast bowlers and pick them for a tour by rotating them instead of going for a head hunting while selecting the team," he said.

The policy of selecting different medium pacers for different tours put pressure on the youngsters and creates instability in the fast bowling department, Srinath said.

"If we select the same bunch of medium pacers, the fast bowlers can work as a team and give results," he added.

"There is also an urgent need to have fair wickets in the country so that the up and coming medium pacers can bowl on them and get a feel of the different pitches they would bowl on while playing for the country in future," Srinath said at the symposium organised at Bombay Gymkhana.

"If we don't have competitive wickets in the country, then we will see three spinners playing in the final eleven as the pitch will suit the slow bowlers and the medium pacers will only left to bowl the initial and slog overs as is been happening in the past," he said adding, it is the fast bowlers who can change the course of the match and not the spinners.

"Despite having good facilities, our medium pacers lack in self belief which is because they are frequently dropped due to some reason or the other," Srinath said while singling out Zaheer Khan as the best medium pacer the country currently has.

"If properly groomed, we will have good fast bowlers in future but for that we need to adopt the latest technological advances as fast bowling is all about energy," Srinath added.

Speaking on the occasion, acting executive secretary of the Cricket Board Prof Ratnakar Shetty urged for having a permanent manager for the Indian team.

"The players need a permanent manager, not only during tours but also during off season, through whom the players can address their grievances and get them solved," Shetty said.

Asking the government to allow the Board to have its own sports channel to promote cricket as well as other games, Shetty said the revenue generated by operating the channel can be diverted for the development of other sports.

Speaking on the administrative set up of a sports federation, Shetty said that honorary administrators can not devote more time so a person who can work full time should be at the helm.

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