MRF selects three Kashmiri pacers for training

Published: Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Srinagar:Three out of more than 400 young fast bowlers from Jammu and Kashmir have been selected by the MRF Pace Foundation for training after two days of trials held by former Indian pacers Javagal Srinath and T A Sekhar here.

Mohammad Mudassir, Ram Dayal and Dilawar Singh will undergo training in fast bowling at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai from the last week of June.

''We conducted trials of nearly 400 young boys of various age groups since last evening and selected three of them for training,'' said Sekhar, who is the chief coach at the MRF Pace Foundation.

The two-day camp was held at the Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium here.

Talking to reporters, Srinath said the Kashmir valley has a lot of potential as far as the fast bowlers are concerned.

''The MRF Pace Foundation felt the need of conducting trials here after we saw the performance and emergence of two young fast bowlers from the Valley - Abid Nabi and Sameer Ali,'' he added.

Srinath said another youth from the Valley -- Samiullah -- is undergoing training at Chennai.

He said Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth and several other young fast and medium pacers had been trained at the Foundation.

The youngsters, particularly between the age group of 15-20 years, from Kashmir were talented and have keen interest in cricket, but they need proper exposure, he added.

''There is also a need to put in place the infrastructure,'' Srinath said, adding the MRF Pace Foundation coaches will visit the Valley more frequently now.

Asked if any player from Jammu and Kashmir will represent Team India in the 2007 World Cup, he said it was early to comment.

''But, we hope that the players from Jammu and Kashmir will soon play both domestic and international cricket,'' he added.

Later, Mudassir, one of the three selected players, said, ''I am very happy that the MRF Pace Foundation has selected me for the training. I will work hard on my bowling skills and hope to play for Team India one day''.

''It is my dream to become a fast bowler and play for Team India,'' he added.

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