County guys allowed to skip first camp

Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Indian players, who are playing in the English County circuit and who would figure in the national probables list for the forthcoming triangular One-day series in Sri Lanka, would be allowed to skip the conditioning camp, the BCCI said today.

"Like the previous year, players who are playing in the English county circuit would be excused from the physical conditioning camp to be held from the first week of July and would be asked to join the cricket camp to be held later," BCCI Secretary S K Nair said from Thiruvananthapuram.

"The trainer (Gregory King) feels that it would be better to leave them to play on the circuit when the physical conditioning camp is under way," he said.

"All the details about the two phases of the camp would be finalised once coach Greg Chappell arrives in Bangalore tomorrow. He's expected to reach Bangalore directly from Mumbai where he would be in transit only," Nair added.

Currently Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Dinesh Mongia are busy in the English circuit.

Ganguly has been slapped with a six-match ban by the International Cricket Council for not maintaining the required over-rate when captaining against Pakistan in the fourth One-day International in Ahmedabad in April.

The tri-series, featuring India, West Indies and hosts Lanka, is to be held from July 26 onwards and India's first match is tentatively slated for August one.

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