Wasim Bari attempts a revival of spin April 28, 2004

Bedi might conduct camp in Pakistan

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Bishan Bedi, who often laments the decline of spin bowling in the subcontinent, now has a chance to do something about it © Getty Images

Now that the uproar over Wasim Akram giving tips to Indian fast bowlers has ceased, Bishan Bedi might be hopping across the border to train Pakistani spinners. Pakistan's selectors, alarmed at the decline of spin bowling in Pakistan, have proposed to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that they hold a specialised clinic for spinners at the National Cricket Academy, under the supervision of Bedi, Iqbal Qasim, Mushtaq Mohammad and Abdul Qadir.

Mid Day, the Mumbai tabloid, quoted Wasim Bari, Pakistan's chief selector, as saying: "Bedi is still considered as one of the finest exponents of spin, and we feel his presence and tutelage would benefit our youngsters a lot."

Bari said that seven or eight talented spinners would be picked to take part in the camp. "Pakistan is not short of talent in the pace-bowling department," he said. "More and more youngsters are coming through. But we have lacked quality spinners for a while now, and we need to address this problem urgently to take home advantage."