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BCCI to pick fast-bowling pool

Nagraj Gollapudi

December 24, 2011

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Anil Kumble may have quit as chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, citing his vision did not match that of the BCCI's, but the Indian board has accepted one of his recommendations and asked the five-man national selection panel to immediately pick a pool of fast bowlers who would form the bench strength for the Indian team. The pool would comprise players from India's senior state teams as well as those from the Under-19 level.

"Anil Kumble, when he was the chairman of the NCA, had recommended that we gather a pool of fast bowlers who can be monitored round the clock through the year even during the off season," Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. Kumble's suggestion, part of his vision plan for the NCA, was instantly liked by Jagdale, a former selector, who tabled the point in front of the BCCI office bearers and they readily gave their approval.

"I liked the idea which we discussed and the members agreed. I have asked the selectors to send names of fast bowlers from the Under-19 and the senior state squads," Jagdale said. "The idea is to have a ready pool of bowlers who can be given all the help to keep them match ready when the need arises."

It is understood that the national selectors are more than happy to give their suggestions and will send a list to Jagdale as soon as possible. Reportedly, the selection panel, led by Kris Srikkanth, will nominate no more than 15 fast bowlers. Jagdale pointed out the pool would be monitored through the year and mostly spend time at the NCA. It is likely that a specialist coach could be appointed in a paid job to look after the fast bowlers.

Venkatesh Prasad, the former India fast bowler, who was India's bowling coach between 2007 and 2009 had given a 10-point plan on fast bowling to the BCCI during the tour of England in 2007. One specific point dealt with creating a pool of fast bowlers, who, Prasad noted, should be monitored by a specialist coach round the clock.

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Posted by Rahulbose on (December 27, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Indian Fast bowler pool. Hmmm isn't there an oxymoron in that somewhere.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

This is a jimbo idea from Jumbo and Venky.Hope it goes well

Posted by   on (December 27, 2011, 17:15 GMT)

The first test first innings performance of Indian bowling line-up is enough to silence some of the BIG MOUTH's here about India's bowling abilities... There was all in display.. PACE, bounce, conventional swing off the seam and off the air with the new ball, reverse swing of the OLD ball, Carrom Ball, Sharp Turn , Doosra... Juts that leg-spinners and googlies weren't there because India played only one spinner and an off-spinner. It was quite refreshing to see Aussies hopping around the snorters and short balls and Ponting hit on the helmet and ultimately loosing to a similar one.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (December 27, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

Pat Cummins James Pattinson and Merchant De Lange are all over six feet tall. They represent the new generation of fast bowlers in the world. And they will go far because they do not only have pace. They can move the ball at great speed. Something like Ambrose Walsh and Bishop were for the West Indies in the 90s. Pakistan themselves have had Imran,Wasim and Waqar who were great. I am not sure how tall Junaid is. But he seems good enough. Aizaz is good but is old. I wonder how long he will last. But Pakistan does not have to worry. Tney will have some young players coming through.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

It would be very beneficial if BCCI looks at persuading the State associations to make more sporting pitches as well

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

The sad truth is likes of Irfan, Sresanth and even Munaf were'nt guided or protected..they are now at the brinks of their career. I cant see Irfan challenging his way into Tests, so is Munaf..and Sreesanth..i guess he is searching for stardom and Mollywood is where he belongs to..What a waste of an extraordinary talent Sree is!!

Posted by CricketMaan on (December 27, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

@ExplicitPlatinum - You seem to miss the point. A genuine fast bowling talent from Pakistan grabbing a 5 for is something given..there are no surprises there..its just like any young Indian batting talent looks very promising and exciting. So, when an Umesh or Aaron emerge out of blue..its gr8 for India, just like when an Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq bloom in Pak batting line up..Junaid Khan if protected from evil and taken care will be a talent to watch..so is Azeez Cheema..I'm saying this as an Indian.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

"Venkatesh Prasad, the former India fast bowler, who was India's bowling coach between 2007 and 2009.... blah blah" the slowest fast bowler in the planet giving advice on fast bowling ... poof ..what a joke !

Posted by   on (December 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

Some foreign coach will get that position, surpassing our former players. Are they not even good enough to manage the pool? It's a good idea, and we are suppose to know the other points or plans which Anil Kumble proposed. If this is one of the idea which is very bright and prospective for Indian Cricket, for sure others would have been in the same line maybe a bit harsh but for certainly good once. I feel BCCI's interest might have been on stake in other options so they not accept and Anil Kumble being a honest Cricketer decided to part ways. Talking about Aoron, Yadav, Junaid and whoever people are naming in here have just started their careers, so please do not spoil there future by unnecessarily giving them too much importance and focus. Let them set in first make a mark on their own and prove their mettle and worth on the International circuit.

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (December 27, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Pay them double the batsmen first and facilitate them for injury management. Reward them with more money after the end of each year. Only then cricket will be a bat n ball game. Otherwise it will be only a batsman's game. Start giving coaching from the age of 17 and when he becomes 20 let him play in Intl level. Ask him to bowl fast till 28 years. 8 years career is more than enough for a fast bowler. Allow them to play in IPL only after 28.

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