Selectors apprise Chappell of the grey areas in team

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The frequent injuries to players, especially the fast bowlers, and the below par showing of the Indian squad in Tests and One dayers last seasonfigured prominently in the first-ever interaction between new team coach Greg Chappell and the national selectors in Bangalore.

The five selectors apprised the Australian of the grey areas in the Indian team and discussed ways of improving the boys' performance in the coming season, that kick-starts with the tri-series in Sri Lanka next month.

India had lost 13 and won only nine ODIs last season. In Tests, the team finished with a 0-2 loss against Australia, got the better or South Africa 1-0 and sailed past Bangladesh 2-0. The Indo-Pak series ended 1-1.

The 45-minute discussion yesterday prior to selecting the 36-member probables for the Lanka tri-series covered a wide range of topics including the nature of wickets to be prepared in home matches.

''The type of wickets which our team can come across in Sri Lanka also came up for discussion,'' sources closed to the selection committee said.

The Indian team seldom got to play at full strength last season with several players having to sit out due to injuries.

''The problem was most acute in the bowling department, and rarely did the team get the services of all pacers at the same time,'' they said.

Chappell listened intently to the selectors' views and also took down copious notes.

''The selectors briefed Chappell on the problems in the fielding department. There was also some discussion on the batting order, but it was mostly general in nature,'' they said.

Asked whether the performance or non-performance of any player was deliberated upon, the sources replied in the negative.

''It was the maiden interaction between Greg and the selectors, so it was basically an attempt at getting to know each other's views,'' they said.

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