Test players feature in seven-day camp
While the Indian ODI team play in the Asia Cup in Pakistan, some of the Test players will assemble for a seven-day camp under the supervision of Anil Kumble on June 24 in Bangalore. Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth will get another chance to rebuild their relationship after the infamous slap incident during IPL as both will be involved in the camp.
The players will arrive at 9.30am for a check-up by the physios before taking the skin-folds test that measures the fat content. At 10.30am they will hit the M Chinnaswamy ground for batting and bowling sessions. Rahul Dravid will bat first against the pair of Zaheer Khan and P Vijay Kumar in the pacers net while Dinesh Karthik will practise against Kumble and Amit Mishra in the spin net. Mohammad Kaif, who was in the squad for the last Test played by India against South Africa, and Aakash Chopra will also feature in the camp.
Apart from the regular batting and bowling nets, there will be conditioning sessions, individual skill top-ups, gym and yoga sessions.
With the National Cricket Academy holding a camp for 35 players on the fringe of the Indian team, the Karnataka Cricket Association will handle the Test camp. The bowlers taking part in the NCA camp will also be asked to bowl at the Test camp nets.
Players at the National training camp: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan, Aakash Chopra, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Kartik, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Mohammad Kaif, Yo Mahesh, Mohnish Parmar, R Vinay Kumar, P Vijay Kumar, Ramesh Powar, Basanth Mohanty, Mun Mangela, Samad Fallah, Ranadeb Bose, Pritamjit Das, Pankaj Singh and Iqbal Abdulla.