Greg Chappell arrives Bangalore after US trip

Published: Sunday, August 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Team India Coach Greg Chappell arrived in the city yesterday from a private trip to the US, a day ahead of the five-day conditioning camp of the Sri Lanka-bound Indian team at the National Cricket Academy here.

The Indian team would play South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka in the tri-series One-day cricket tournament, beginning on August 14.

The players started arriving, with speedster Irfan Pathan being the first to land here. The left arm pacer and captain Rahul Dravid began practicing earnestly, with Pathan doing some long bowling stints and Dravid wielding his bat facing some talented NCA bowlers.

Later, in the evening, Dravid, Chappell, trainer Gregory King and bio-mechanist Ian Frazer were huddled in a meeting, discussing mainly about the camp.

The selection of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy, to be played in the country in October, was likely to be held in the city on August nine. Selectors were likely to start arriving here from tomorrow.

Fast medium bowler Lakshmipathi Balaji, who was lying low due to a serious back injury, is back after making a brave comeback and so is Railway spinner Murali Karthik, who is back after a long lay off following a shoulder injury. The two players have been practicing at NCA for nearly a week after the BCCI asked them to take part in the camp, despite they being not in the team bound for the Emerald isles.

The Indian team would leave for Sri Lanka from the city on the night of August ten.

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