Bowling actions July 16, 2008

NCA conducts correction camp for bowlers

Cricinfo staff

The BCCI's National Cricket Academy (NCA) has conducted a camp for 20 bowlers, who were identified with suspect action during the previous domestic season, and has handed over to the players and their state coaches individual reports on areas to focus on before the next season starts this year.

The NCA's expert team that worked with the bowlers included S Venkataraghavan, the former India captain and offspinner, Bharat Arun, the academy's bowling coach, and Javagal Srinath, the former India fast bowler, according to Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the Indian board.

The players and the coaches will return to the NCA before the next domestic season for a follow-up, Shetty said.

"During the off-season, a bunch of bowlers from across the country assembled at the NCA to undergo rectification in their bowling action, which was deemed to be suspect. The NCA's expert team worked individually with the 20 bowlers and each of them has been given a specific report [on areas] that he needs to work on before the domestic season begins," Shetty said.

Most of the bowlers who were identified with suspect actions "were marginal cases, except for one or two," he said.

"Along with the bowlers, their state coaches were present at the camp, too, as they are the ones who look after the boys for most of the year. The coaches, too, needed an understanding of what the experts suggested," Shetty said.