PCB plans to send 3 bowlers to MRF pace academy

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to send three promising fast bowlers to India for a stint at the MRF academy in a bid to make them formidable seamers.

"The matter of sending bowlers to train in India has been discussed in the PCB top brass meeting and most of the PCB officials including the selectors favoured the idea of sending the bowlers to the academy," a PCB official said.

PCB was seemed to have impressed with the products of the academy -- Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Parsad, Zaheer Khan and L Balaji.

"There is no doubt that when it comes to talent, Pakistan pacers are much higher placed than that of India. However, what they need is proper coaching and guidance from a renowned coach and expert in the field. If we consider this aspect then there is no better place around than the academy in India," the official said.

"The training at the Indian academy would be cheaper when compared to the Australian Academy. Training three or four fast bowlers at the Australian academy and looking after all their expenditure would be definitely cost very high.

"However, the training expenditure at the MRF academy in Chennai would be cheaper in comparison," the official was quoted as saying in local daily The News.

The official declined to divulge the name of the players who would be sent to India for training under Dennis Lillee.

"Those who are knocking at the doors of Test cricket or played one or two Tests and are improving day by day would be sent for training," the official said.

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