India news December 24, 2011

BCCI to pick fast-bowling pool

119

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.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Rahulbose on December 27, 2011, 17:44 GMT

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

  • on December 27, 2011, 17:31 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rahulbose on December 27, 2011, 17:44 GMT

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

  • on December 27, 2011, 17:31 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sano27 on December 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @ Explicit Platimum:i dont think that Indians were overhyping about Yadav & Aaron....the one delivery that Yadav bowled to pick the wicket of Ponting just gives us the idea that how talented he is....Aaron is not that impressive...that sure...but he's still in his early days & will improve as a genuine fast bowler...no doubt....guys who can bowl at 145kmph will surely be an asset to any team...!!!

  • anver777 on December 27, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Good idea by BCCI ........but make sure a injury free pool !!!!!!!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    alex look at first day how yadav demolished aussies 150 kph hit them on helmets fortunete fastest aaron is not playing

  • on December 27, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    nobody has said anybodyabout junaid and srilankathese days are minnows personally junaid is good bowler and nobody ishyping aaron wasim bhai has praise for aaron and one more bowler from india stilltoplay sami can bowl quick also yadav see his performance against top side england and watch austrlia 1 test day 1 he touched 150 and hitted helmets of aussies 3 wickets and we subcontinent teams neva gets creditif you see pat cummins is overhyped but bowlers like aaron yadav junaid neva get their dues zaheer averages 30 intest anderson 30 but people praises anderson look at his record in subcontinent zaheer excels and plz req to my pak brothers support subcontinent teams we always jealous india is top team winning outside these decades and i want pak to also do same

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 26, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey Junaid Khan has done better than Aaron and Yadav. He got his five for against SL in UAE and considering Junaid was recommended by Wasim Akram, we can be sure that he is a promising fast bowler. Tell me, I'm not being biased but only Indian's were overhyping about Aaron and Yadav whereas other people were complimenting and giving positive responses to promising emerging fast bowlers like Junaid Khan and Pat Cummins.

  • on December 26, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    explixit platinum junaid khan has not done anything against good side aaron and umesh was awesome against good batting side england on flat tracks

  • aahahaa on December 26, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @ Udhaykumar Govind - agree he was an underrated bowler but for a reason. look at his Test record you will know why.

  • aahahaa on December 26, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    yeah you can pick them but then where will you train them, on these bloody flat pitches. these guys got no clue about the game, they just have a lot of money, which will not win you very many games if played fair.

  • Alexk400 on December 26, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Pool of fast SPIN bowlers. hahaha. It is hilariously funny. Once all these dravid , vvs laxman retired , these bowlers will look awfully bad. Dhoni will retire immediately once all these greats retire... BCCI need to find 6' 4" tall bowlers in India. if you pick small bowlers they already operating in their100% efficiency and still 130ish. Not good at all. Find the tall indian kids and train the. That is the right way. May be run a cricket school for tall kids.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 26, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Depth in the squad for a team sport is something that seems blindingly obvious. So the BCCI's decision raises the question of why has it taken so long to pick a fast bowling pool. Venkatesh Prasad IMO is the man who be given the overall responsibility to look after India's bowlers from grass roots to test level. A fast bowling pool should theoretically address the problem of finding replacements in the event of bowlers breaking down but doesn't deal with why bowlers are breaking down in the first place.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    I think Manoj Prabhakar, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Roger Binny and Javagal Srinath can be very coach to monitor that pool.

  • on December 26, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @Rajorshi Kumar Sen better bowling attack then who? please be realistic in your comments all are untried, untested and unfit hence the reason to build this camp. this article isnt about india vs australia infact at no point does it mention Aus. this is about fast bowling hence why pakistan is being mentioned had it been about batting i dont think there would be many comments other than indian and maybe england currently. india are heavly reliant on zaheer who is a good bowler but needs back up even replacement at some point.

  • Percy_Fender on December 26, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    I think they must create a pool with more new names than the tried and tested ones, who have not delivered too much. Abu Nechim,Shami Ahmed,Kamran Khan,Varun Aaron,Prasanth Parmeshwaran,S B Wagh, Murtaza Vahora,Abid Nabi,S L Akshay Ashish Nehra,Sreesanth Manprit Gony,Vinay Kumar,Pravin Kumar and Irfan Pathan .

  • on December 26, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    very good initiative by BCCI, India's pace battery will be much stronger and sharper now.

  • on December 26, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    although interesting to see some fans talking about already having a great pace attack ... lets be clear the article is for cover for injures which there will obviously be... why is there all this talk about pure pace in fact if you look at some of the best at test they were not serious pace, wasim, mcgrath, walsh... another thing is it is difficult to bowl 150k throughout the length of a test match therefore you will see speeds alot slower than there actual speeds of bowlers.

  • Naresh28 on December 26, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    GOD at last BCCI has woken from their slumber.Since the England tour I have written messages on these blogs. Guess Kumble has finally left but given a good vision to BCCI. Look at bowler ATUL SHARMA - he could be playing for India one day - the fastest bowler in INDIA. Professionalism is required.

  • deepak_sholapurkar on December 26, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    good plan from BCCI. This should be implemented.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 26, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    They should define "fast". It is defined as exceeding 145kp 99% of the time. I don't think Srikant will find 15 such bowlers in India. He should quit and let a real selector do the job

  • on December 26, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    it's unfotunate that we never give much importance to pace bowling, nor we encourage them sufficiently by doing poor selections,providing flat pitches and then by ultimately selecting 7 specialised batsment and only 4 regular bowlers without fail!As we know, we have better batsmen compared to bowlers, it;s more important to choose 5 bowlers by sacrificing a batsman. So that, we increase the odds of couple of them becoming successful.

  • Desihungama on December 26, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Sorry to say but the headlines are misleading. There are no fast bowlers in India. Might as well hold a camp to look for curators to prepare featherbeds all over the country. Good luck in series with Australia and beat the kangroos in their backyard.

  • on December 25, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @Rajorshi Kumar Sen....just be fair instead of arguing over the unreality... india's bowling attack has never been ahead of pakistan's... even now when india played some australian warm-up games, they struggled to take wickets and caught them selves napping...I do believe your batting is a good combination but I would like to see some good bowlers in the Indian team... Zaheer Khan stands out from the team from my prospect.

  • on December 25, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    It's obvious that as long as MSD is the captain Irfan pathan has no chance of a comeback to the indian team.Even he played the 5th ODI against WI because Sehwag was the captain.But to see Zaheer's hand in Irfan's continued ostracisation is entirely wrong and being very unfair to Zak( re Minhajahmedkhan) Having said that, must mention that it was extremely disappointing to note that Irfan went wicketless in the recent Ranji encounter against Bengal which won handsomely ,thanks to some spirited bowling by Ashok Dinda backing for whose inclusion in the Indian squad earned poor Saurav Ganguly lot of unfair,unwarranted criticism from many quarters.A real case of divided loyalty for myself too-badly wanted the unjustly marginalised Irfan to bowl well( and keep Dhoni,Indian selectors under pressure) but Bengal to win. High time the selectors realise that Irfan's inclusion shouldn't be based just on domestic perf-he is a big match player and screaming for a recall to the international scene

  • TRAM on December 25, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    The pool of fast bowlers should also be intensely trained in FIELDING. We dont want to see another Nehra or Zaheer -like fielders any more. The fast bowling coach should also be a good fielder. That means from India, only Kapil can be the coach. OR bring the coach from Aus/SA who are certain to be good fielders.

  • hhillbumper on December 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Lets have a series again between England and India in tests.Lets have some pacy pitches and we will play our fast men against your fast men. Guess who will win that one.test bowling is hard work and that is not something that many indian bowlers seem interested in.IPL pays good money for four overs and that seems all that they are interested in.Srinath bowled his heart out with skill for his country and a lot of the modern ones just seem to believe the hype. Kumar might not be fast but while everyone else has been getting spanked he has bowled with intelligence and guile.

  • chaitu14 on December 25, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    good move..this will not jus benefit the reserve bench, it will be a threat for those bowlers who are not performing well and still get to pick before each tour coz there was no option..if there are players who bowl 140 consistently in the team..the next generation bowlers will learn and improve their physique and training from a very early level to match that speed..the speed is very important (ofcourse )with accuracy specially when we go abroad where we are failing just because we cant bowl fast enough and about the medium pacers..india have a lot of them..don worry about them

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 25, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @g.narsimha Since where did you hear that Junaid is over hyped? Hardly many people mention him being in the squad and Junaid is a great bowler. It's Sadaf Hussain being over hyped by us Pakistani's. Yes, spinners were the ones that helped us win the match and due to Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir (Who is returning) being caught in the scandel, our bowling pool is rebuilding. Cheema is somewhat ordinary but is still better than the Indian quicks and Junaid is a consistant bowler than Yadav, Ishant and Aaron. I do have to say that if Yadav and Ishant fail in Australia, you lot will say that Yadav and Ishant (Along with Aaron) are rubbish bowlers. Speed is nothing, it's the consistency and the way you bowl to get wickets. Someone like Shoaib Akhtar gets smashed all around the park. Warm regards.

  • on December 25, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    They finally see light.....but hopefully will not have fastest spin bowler Venkatesh be the coach for them....

  • on December 25, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Venkatesh Prasad was a very intelligent bowler and highly under rated.Public memory is short and people may have forgotten his exploits on the cricket field.He is an excellent fast bowling coach and unfortunate not to have been called by foreign teams. He is a reverse swing specialist and all current bowlers have benefited from his coaching.A reserve pool of fast bowlers should have been created long ago but BCCI is being tight fisted. India has to prepare faster pitches and make the first class players use them at all levels in addition to the slower pitches.

  • cricketmaniagola on December 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Very good move .....Sudeep Tyagi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Avishkar Salvi, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Pankaj Singh, Rudra Pratap singh, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji, Abu Nechim, Ashish Nehra, P Parmeswaran, T P Sudhindra.....should make it to fifteen...Varun Aaron is injured... Jaydev Unadkat bowls at a lesser pace than Irfan.....what happened to Indias fastest bowler for a season VRV Singh...is he still around...Bhuwaneshwar Kumar bowls like Praveen Kumar but is even slower?????????...equal opportunities should be given to discards as to young so that there is no load.....even for three formats T20, ODI n Tests we should have different set of bowlers.....

  • zuber21886 on December 25, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    finally some initiative for fast bowlers in history of Indian cricket, i know its not a big feat but at least this might boost further search for fast bowling talent, which India desperately needs.

  • stalefresh on December 25, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Pool of 15 is a waste of time. What we need is 5-6 international fast bowlers who are rotated and managed well. India has never produced an akram, steyn, McGrath, Walsh...because everyone wants to be a batter in this country.

  • on December 25, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    The emphasis is being put too much on fast bowling alone these days. What BCCI needs is a good mix of fast and medium-fast bowlers. The bench strength must comprise bowlers who can pe picked for different conditions.

  • Sano27 on December 25, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Finally a good decision...lets see whether it come to effect....its time to change our gears from IPL & all other needless cricket tournaments....to be frank bowlers are the one who suffered alot from these tournament....remember what happened in ENGLAND tour....the upcoming quick bowlers need to be monitored very well along with the experienced guys.....if one or two quicks get injured then its hard to find exact replacements....remember when PK & Aaron gets injured before the upcoming Australian tour then everyone is pointing one Irfan only....its simply because we dont have enough bench strength or the guys in the domestic level are not that good to perform in the international level.....so we need to find the talented guys from domestic level & through proper monitoring make them ready especially for the pitches outside subcontinent....also please never expose them to the IPL very early....this tournament will ruin the careers of the cricketers...

  • on December 25, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @hassan... Some of your countrymen like @Waqas,@abid were after pace ... When i answered them..you are after line and length... I don't think..Pakistan have anyone of the calibre of Zaheer in variation and line and length pace bowling RIGHT NOW..If Mohammad Asif would have been around , there would have been a valid comparision. Right now, Indian's bowling attack is way head ahead of Pakistan's... By the way, this is a India-Australia series..

  • indianzen on December 25, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    As a bowler, either we need fellows who can try express fast or a swing man like praveen, we dont want bowlers who bowl medium pace like work horses...

  • avmd on December 25, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Yadev is a natural fast bowler with althletic built good rythm and easy uncomlicated action, looks more like a Paksiatni bowler than an Indian. I see a good futute for him with around 200 test wickets. Aoron is not, and wil strugle to find his place in 11. Budding fast bowlers in India need more encourgament and fast bowling needs to be glamouralized in India to set the trend, as ,unlike batting, they don't have many role models to look for. IPL and another good way to stop producing quality fast bowlers and but it can give a some good "containing: bowlers.

  • on December 25, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    also adding to my previous comment bcci ordered no offical review but i think internaly there was a review on eng debacle and slowly but steadily they are learing from their mistakes and with the talent around in the country it will show immediate results

  • on December 25, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    @hassaan Yasin - can u tell me when this happened you get good dreams man the only odi they played together was Mumbai and there aaron 3 wickets for 24 runs and in the one match you can say he was smashed was vikashapatnam where he was not fit

    Great idea by bcci anil kumble as always has put an master plan forward but you need an great fast bowler to monitor them kapil or srinath or some foreign great this will also help bowlers just not entering Indian set up and getting smashed or getting injured in first season eg aaron high potential and what a experience a test series in aus would have been for him but it all got stopped

    even remember umesh yadav was looked like a useless bowler in his first series but now is one of the best in india .. These all things should not happen and also a fast bowler should know he is a standby so that in off season if he has to go on tour he is not holidaying in miami Great step by bcci must be applauded

  • on December 25, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    bowling is not only about bowling 140+ if carefully observed Wasim Akram Zaheer Khan they bowl swing to get wickets n are very successful! even Praveen kumar for that matter !

  • AvidCricFan on December 25, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    The real issue is BCCI management. It is doing minimal on grooming and coaching young talent. Why it took so many years to come up with what is an obvious need to create a pool of fast bowlers? Why is BCCI not thinking about spinner pool too? India has lost quality spin options too. The BCCI management and administrators are too preoccupied in looting the wealth amassed by BCCI than using it for the good of cricket.

  • MINHAJAHMEDKHAN on December 25, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I READ ONE ARTICLE WHERE SAURAV GANGULY WROTE THAT HE HEARD IRFAN PATHAN IS PERFORMING VERY GOOD,BUT HE HAD HIS RESERVATIONS OF IRFAN PATHAN SAYING I DOUBT ONLY IRFAN'S PERFORMANCE CAN TAKE HIM TO THE TOURS REPRESENTING INDIA.IT MEANS THERE IS FOR SURE SOMETHING APART & I AM SURE ONLY TWO KRSI SHRIKANT AND MS DHONI KNOW THAT,COZ AFTER THE LATEST INJURY DINDA IS BEING NAMED AND STILL NOT IRFAN,,,,THE 15 NAMES LIST WILL ALSO NOT INCLUDE IRFAN,SHALL WE PRESUME THAT TILL SK & MSD R THERE,,,THERE IS NO PLACE FOR IRFAN,,,,,MUST WAIT TILL KS & MSD ARE EITHER THROWN OR DIE NATURAL DEATH TO SEE IRFAN BACK IN INDIAN TEAM,,,,MIND YOU ZAHEER KHAN IS THE MAIN BRAIN BEHIND IRFAN'S REMOVAL,,,COZ IF IRFAN IN MEANS ZAK OUT,,,IRFAN IS EQUALLY GOOD BOWLER AND FAR BETTER BATSMAN & FIELDER THAN ZAK,,,,,WT FOR THE RT TIME TO COME <<<<<<IRFAN PATHAN,?????????????????????????????

  • g.narsimha on December 25, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    to all my pak friends if one evaluate the qaulity of fast bowing , it is not at all encouraging as we all seen spinners won the matches for you in uae & bd , junaid is over hyped, cheema just 130+ GUL is use less for big ocations as proved in wc cup as our SAHWAAG settled the match in our favour just in first 5 overs. it appears he still havent recovered from that sahwag onslout,so IF THE PRESENT BRAND OF YOURfast bowlers going to represent your team i doubt for future, if we have weak bowling our batsman makes the team compate , but with this batting , should not expect miracles .

  • on December 25, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    good and great to keep a pool of reserved fast bowlers for 2015 world cup these bowlers should be there in this camp are kamran khan,sudeep tyagi,rp singh,atul sharma,prasanth parmeshwaran.manpreet gony,pradeep sangwan,shrikanth wagh,bhuvneshwar kumar,deepak chahar,TP suhindra,YO mahesh,VRV singh,Pankaj Singh,Shalab shrivastav

  • rahulcricket007 on December 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    @karthik krishnan . my friend i can name you many players . first was murali vijay which remains in the indian side for almost 2 years despite his consistent bad performances ( though he is not the part of eng tour & aus tour ) , second there was a stupid selection of unadkat for sa tour , he plays in that test giving 100+ runs & remaining wktless , now there are vinay kumar & mithun who have neither pace nor swing . at least irfan pathan has swing & he played important role in perth win & cb series win on last tour . also if you are accounting performance criteria on selction then there are bowlers like pankaj singh from rajasthan which bowling made rajasthan ranji champions last year(49 wkts in 8 games ) & is taking wkts consistently this year too. also bowler tn sudhindhra from mp is good .

  • on December 25, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    I have observed that the problem lies in the mentality of the Indian fans and seniors. I am a Pakistani, and would like to point out a simple fact that a good fast bowler need not always be 'really fast'. Look at Chaminda Vaas, S. Pollock, M. Asif; they were all great but not really fast. It is always a big plus if you can clock 145 kph constantly, but the 140+ speed is of no use, if you can't use the box over your should in proper use. Look at Junaid Khan, Pattinson, M. Aamer, Cummins, Philander; these are great minds, who can set up any batsman. Indian team has great batsmen, the only weakling is their bowling line up. I hope they can find some INTELLIGENT bowlers.

  • spence1324 on December 25, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    See this is the difference between teams like india and england,Sa etc is that india is a highly unprofessorial team, there preparation for the england tour was very amateurish ( players turning up overweight,disinterest, late etc ) and there training sessions are very short and poor this is why Duncan fletcher needs full control of all team affairs otherwise india will continue to be a somewhat embarrassment outside india!

  • dariuscorny on December 25, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    BCCI do whatever u wnt but dont include Prasad to do anything with it as he will spoil all the upcoming Fast bowlers of India with his useless tips thus wud turn them into another Venkatesh Prasads bowling with120-125kph speeds.please BCCI

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 25, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey Your talking about Aaron batting not bowling for winning the match. Junaid Khan is way more talented and has a lot more wickets in FC cricket than Aaron. Junaid has also got a 5 for and the only thing Aaron is considered to be a "great asset" is that he managed to bowl 153Kp/h. I don't know why people are bringing Pakistan bowlers on an Indian article about Indian fast bowlers.

  • Mansoor1 on December 25, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Great idea...now if we can actually find 15 Phaast bowlers to do just that i.e. bowl Paast, and can be included in this wonderful list :-)

  • dr.jha on December 25, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    dear lord... its common sense... something like this shouldn't need a kumble or a venky to point out.and not only that..fight for it.. if such is the case then god save indian cricket

  • on December 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    vimlakar plz put vankatesh prasad out of great bowlers category srinath was good kapil was great even sreesnth munaf are better than trudler vankatesh prasad zaheer is a great bowler

  • on December 25, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    hassan yasin when did you see pieterson hitiing aaron in dreams pieterson was fop in india one day series and aaron has got six boald all wickets in 3 matches watch england series pakjealous

  • on December 25, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    expilicit paltinum where aaron get hammered he has gotallwickets bowled won last match for india against england another jealousy for pak lolzzz go checkaverages of new pak bowlers even aamir was averaging over30 intest

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 25, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani who watches Pak cricket but I also like Indian cricket as well. I have seen this article of which some people in the comments are talking about Pak bowlers. This is about India not Pak and some have been saying that the Indian quicks are better than the Pak quicks due to Indian quicks bowling in 140kp/h. If the Pak quicks bowl slower, then why do they get more wickets and a better average than the Indian quicks? An overhyped Aaron got hammered for runs and people have been saying "he is a rubbish bowler" after that.

  • prasanna_79 on December 25, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    GREAT IDEA..,IF EXECUTED PROPERLY..!! LOTS OF TALENTED PACE BOWLERS AROUND INDIA AVAILABLE.. ASHOK DINDA,ABU NECHIM,YOMAHESH,ANWAR AHMED,DHAVEL KULKARNI,PANKAJ SINGH,KM WAINGANKAR,MANPREET GONY,M VOHERA ARE SOME OF THE PACE BOWLERS WITH PROMISE.. GOOD PLANNING WILL MAKE OUR BENCH STRENGTH STRONG WHICH IN TURN WILL CREATE ENOUGH COMPETITION AND A GOOD BACKUP AS WELL.. CRICKET IS AFTER ALL A TEAM GAME WITH SCOPE FOR INDIVIDUAL BRILLIANCE.. SO THE MORE WE ARE NOT TOO DEPENDANT ON VERY FEW INDIVIDUALS THE BETTER IT IS FOR OUR TEAM INDIA..

  • on December 25, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    A very good suggestion by Anil Kumble =. India needs to develop talent of an all round pool of players, including pace bowlers if India needs have a greater impact on International stage and also maintain consistency all the time. not just for a short periods but for long term vision of the team AS A WHOLE.

  • addy_daredevil on December 25, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    TA Sekar could help with that, he's been one of India's premier bowling coaches and almost every single fast bowler playing for India has been trained by him

  • on December 25, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @Rajshori...indians can talk about pace all they want...seems theyre too obsessed with the number that is shown on the speedometer...Indian bowlers sure do clock in the low 140s but their bowling is still shit!!...what you indians probably dont understand is bowling shit at 140 plus doesnt get you wickets...and the reason these indian bowlers are shit cos they try to bowl quick when they cant and thus end up getting whacked all over the place...it was funny watching Pietersen walking down the pitch and smacking Varun Aaron(supposedly india's quickest bowler) for boundaries.

  • on December 25, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    I think being vegetarian is the major factor. Indians must improve their diet. They should be picked at the age of 14 and treat accordingly. (shami kabab, pulao, baryani, Roast, lots of burgers) I was surprised when i heard Mcdonalds offer McAallo !! what will it give to the muscles?

  • JustIPL on December 25, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    You can't pick oranges from the tree which gives apples.

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Why talk about Allan Donald, Mcgrath etc when we have greats such as Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad etc., who can give excellent coaching to our budding talents.

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Hopefully these selectors give Siddharth Trivedi a chance in these squad of best 15 upcoming talents in one of the weakest side of INDIAN cricket team from past to present..

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    pakistan ho ho ho after shoaib who was chucker they have only medium pacers 135 kph look now gul barely touching 140 junaid 130-135 cheema 132 joke india still yadav 150 aaron 150 ishant 145 lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz pakistan popgun bowlers pakistan just dreams of waqar

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    India and fast bowling, 2 words not synonymous at all.

  • donda on December 25, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Pool or no pool , on indian dead wickets even the greatest fast bowlers of all time never able to get any thing.

    The first step BCCI should take is to make fast bowlers friendly wickets , then groom fast bowlers.

    Fast bowling is extremely hard job and in indian condition it is near to impossible to develop great fast bowlers. Make good wickets you will find fast bowlers in every street of india, no need for making a pool.

    Every australian wicket supports fast bowlers , they only have 1 great spinner in history , all others are fast bowlers. Look at india they have only 1 great fast bowler and all others are spinners.

    It's not about pooling , it's all about conditions. Make green wickets at domestic level.

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    This is the best ever decision by bcci .kudos to kumble he roxxx.

    I expect the following players to be on the bench 1.dinda (highest ranji wicket taker.with 38 wickets in 6 matches and bowls 240kph) 2.sreesanth 3.r.p.singh 4.abu nechim 5.ashish nehra 6.sreenath aravind 7.bhuvneshwar kumar 8.dhawal kulkarni 9.pradeep sangwan 10.manpreet gony 11.munaf patel (not a fast bowler for me !!) 12.irfan pathan 13.jaidev unadkat

    Already praveen kumar,zaheer khan,ishant sharma,vinay kumar,mithun,aaron and umesh yadav are in the squad.

    So that is almost 20 bowlers !!

  • rahulcricket007 on December 25, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @waqas shahid . & maybe pakistan can borrow some batsmen from india , with an aging misbah , younis . only umar akmal looks good . okay you wil say hafeez , umar are making runs but what happens to the pakistan batting in aus tour of 2009 , or eng tour of 2010 getting bowled out thirce under 100 on that tour . yep india didn't make 300 in any innings but we also reach 250 mark in every innings . that would have been good

  • mokshagundam on December 25, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    BCCI / selectors should look at setting up two A teams that will play in domestic competitions of other nations. This teams must include the budding players as well as the fringe players. Currently, there is no bench strength in the bowling department and no notable performances in the Ranji matches over the last two years.

  • on December 25, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Politics apart, bring Wasim Akram to train Indian players on the art of swing/reverse swing and yorker. Wasim Akram is also more suited because many fast bowlers lining for opportunity are lefty. He also have mentality and physique like Indians who can better understand the psyche of Indians unlike many foreign players who can give lecture on-and-on on physical fitness without knowing the bio mechanics of India people.

  • on December 25, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Get fast bowlers from Punjab

  • on December 25, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @Waqas,@abid.. At present, the pace of the bowlers in Indian team is better than Pakistan's. In the just concluded series against West Indies, Ishant-Varun-Umesh all were bowling consistently above 140kmph... Pakistan's Cheema-Juniad are just around 130kmph..Only Umar Gul maintains a good pace.. We are not talking of past... I am talking of the present. Please publish.

  • on December 25, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    This is a great Idea. Yes, It would increase the bench strength. A pool of 125 Players would add extra pressure for senior players to perform and stay fit. Wonderful Idea

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Wow....wat a decision....

  • crikbuff on December 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    There was always a pool. This is common sense that BCCI contracted players should be taken care of and supervised for 365 days of the year. Why are we congratulating BCCI on applying common sense, after we have lost huge potential shown by Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Balaji, etc.

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    @Waqas Shahid , all chuckers. what is the use.....? Also what is the ranking of Pak. So next time we will consider.

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Dear BCCI..good to see u taking some corrective steps but plzzz remember you selecting select fast bowlers for INDIAN CRICKET TEAM and I hope zonal or state factor will not play a role in it!!

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    rahulcricket007 is probably the only prejudiced person in this thread. Let him name 1 person in this australian tour who's not picked based on form but only having a south-inclination.

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I just hope the term fast bowling in BCCI's dictionary means atleast 140 and not 125-135

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Great idea, except for that Srikanth thing. Why is that super cement dude in the selection panel?

  • on December 25, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    well look at the flip side if kumble brought this idea in just 2 3 months of his tenure imagine wat he'd ve done in his 3 yrs a nca cheif sad sad

  • on December 25, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @abid ashar now even india have bbowlers who can bowl fast..look at ishant he can bowl at 140 ,umesh yadav can touch 147 and 140 plus consistantly,aaron whn fully fit n on song can bowl around 145+.....today in world cricket not a single test bowler bowls 145+ after first few overs....so india got 3...many more to come...

  • on December 25, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Good Idea. Now India bowling attack will be strong as australia..

  • on December 25, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Bring in Allan Donald & McGrath. If possible former Windies Greats.............................

  • xylo on December 25, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    "Venkatesh Prasad, the former India fast bowler" when was that? ;-)

  • on December 25, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Service life of fast bowlers is small owing to injuries due to rigours of bowling fast and fielding efforts at the boundary. So coming to the point, we need to keep our bowlers fresh by good rotation policy and training programmes under specialised coaches. Players should be encouraged to bowl fast and 30-40% of pitches on Indian grounds should be pace friendly which will help bowlers give more effort and also keep our batsmen prepared for rising and nipping deliveries they are likely to face outside the subcontinent. Also pitches that offer assistance to pace & spin alike will help in better mental conditioning of players.

    Diffeent remuneration plan may be thought of for fast bowling group. That way we won't see pacers cut down on speed just to lenghten their careers and in the process losing their effectiveness and wicket taking ability. Irfan/Munaf/RPSingh are just a few examples. And their diet and routine should be monitored and designed to improve the physical fitness.

  • on December 25, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This could be One of the best decisions BCCI has ever taken.. !!

  • Percy_Fender on December 25, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    This is a terrific idea.In fact there should be a coach like Fanie De Villiers to help the U 19 players.That willmake a big difference as they evolve. Particularly the finer points like cartwheeling weight transfer,wrist position and release of the ball. Line and length is just not enough.Norbrute strength.

  • ssenthil on December 25, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    It's really a good Move by BCCI, But I really wonder do we really have 15 Medium fast bowlers? Who can bowl at least above 125 k's??? I doubt it. Let me count the known fast bowlers in the country who can play for India, leaving out the old fast bowlers, 1. Zaheer Khan, 2. Ishant Sharma, 3. Praveen Kumar, 4. Umesh Yadav, 5. Varun Aron, 6. Munaf Patel, 7. Vinay Kumar, 8. A Mithun, 9. Irfan Pathan, 10. Ashok Dinda, 11. Sreesanth!!!, 12. Jaidev Unadkat, 13. M Gony??? 14. Dhawal Kulkarni??? 15. Pankaj Singh? RP Singh? Yo Mahesh?? A Nehra is he still in selectors mind??? I m surprised we have at least 15 people who can bowl over 125k's. hmmmm Did I miss any1???

  • rahulcricket007 on December 25, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    why the selection panel has been led by srikanth ? he would pick bowlers only from south in the pool . even if they are useless . i think sourav ganguly should have been a better choice . he made the team india which won 2 worldcups . he will be an idal person for this job .

  • rahulcricket007 on December 25, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    thanks jumbo . also i m interested to know what were the other ideas kumble put before bcci officials . bcci should have agrreed to all his plans .

  • Ismail0810 on December 25, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Do the selector's have an idea what fast bowling mean's it means the bowler should bowl consistently around 140-145kmps which is referd as a fast.b But according to indian selectors f.b means who bowls arround 135-139kmps.so selectors dont make same mistakes by selecting these type of bowlers.bowlers like atul sharma are also their so select them and groom them according to international standards.He bowles consistently around 150-156kmps.he also clockes arround i.e max of 160kmps also.

  • satish619chandar on December 25, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Finally a step in right direction!! But please doint make the bowlers lose their pace for line n length..

  • getsetgopk on December 25, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Im slightly amazed with all the resources and money available to BCCI they are doing this now knowing full well that fast bowling has been their weakness for ages now. There is way too much focus on IPL in India which is no more than a domestic league but better late than never, this should strenghten Indias pace dept.

  • on December 25, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Great idea! BCCI taking a turn for the good it seems when dealing with fast bowlers!

  • on December 25, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    finally......................................................

  • on December 25, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Pool or no pool just medium pacers

  • on December 25, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    finally, some forward vision! kudos to Vekatesh Prasad and Kumble for showing the BCCi the way. hopefully the embarrassing situation in England with Dhoni bowling Zaheer's overs will not be repeated in the future.

  • kesavramesh on December 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Kapil Dev and so many of his era of fast bowlers did not go to the Gym. They used to jog (3 times the football grounds) and run for a longer time of period. Jogging actually keeps the fast bowlers upto the stamina of up to 6 hours. This is very simple math. Not usre if the present coach give it a shot.

  • on December 25, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    May be india can borrow some fast bowlers from Pakistan, seems like they have many lined up but not getting a chance to play.

  • on December 25, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Finally we are paying respect to pace bowling...defo step in the right direction...

  • sankar8000 on December 25, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Very Good Move.....Do it asap...

  • Nampally on December 25, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    This type of planning does not take a Rocket Scientist.It is plain common sense & fundamental. I had recommended this in my cricinfo comments right after the England Tour.In fact there should be a similar pool for the spinners classified into: right arm leg breaks & googlie, Right arm off spin & left hand orthodox - at least 4 in each class. For fast bowlers they should be classified according to pace into 1. 140 - 150 KPH 2. 135 - 140 KPH 3.Below 135 KPH. Any bowler below 125 should not be classified as fast bowler. One other other urgent Need is to establish the Physical Fitness Verification standards.This should include monitoring health & fitness of all contracted players year round by a team of Medical Doctors & certified Physios.In fact this should be at the top of the priority list. Players like Ishant would never have got in the squad for Aussie tour if such testing was in place.Another common sense item! Does Kumble needs to recommend this before it is put in place?

  • on December 25, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    about bloomin time really, india needs something like this, hopefully the coach monitering will be someone thats worth paying and doesn't tell them all to be rank swing bowlers!

  • on December 24, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    "Venkatesh Prasad, the former India fast bowler" was he a fast bowler? he was slow medium gentle and i cud hit him for a six. Please have Srinath be in charge of this.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 24, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    I think this is a sensible approach AT LAST by the BCCI. This should have been done ages ago. Well good things come late sometimes. I hope India puts STRONG emphasis on fast bowling. They focus too much on the batting to my liking. India will ALWAYS produce champion batsmen. It's in their blood. The bowling department is what that needs a complete make over. Hopefully they can also set up a spin bank... for young prospective spinners to come through. They need to do what England are doing now. Test cricket MUST be promoted from a basic level. Added incentive must be provided for players who take up a liking towards Ranji cricket and other 4 day competitions. The ideas are many. Lastly.. please try to make pitches more conducive to pace and bounce. I know it's hard to do that in India but hey it's worth the try.

  • on December 24, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    you want fast bowlers?Feed your young men some meat for over a century,maybe in a century's time indian bodies will become strong enough to be able to actually bowl fast rather than medium pace! and maybe even get a pakistani coach like waqar,that would help!

  • barjatya on December 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    happy realisation bcci ! better late than never !

  • on December 24, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    AWesome! This is what happens if you ex-cricketers in cricket administration.

  • on December 24, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Something very good. Bravo INDIAN CRICKET :D

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on December 24, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Something very good. Bravo INDIAN CRICKET :D

  • on December 24, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    AWesome! This is what happens if you ex-cricketers in cricket administration.

  • barjatya on December 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    happy realisation bcci ! better late than never !

  • on December 24, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    you want fast bowlers?Feed your young men some meat for over a century,maybe in a century's time indian bodies will become strong enough to be able to actually bowl fast rather than medium pace! and maybe even get a pakistani coach like waqar,that would help!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 24, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    I think this is a sensible approach AT LAST by the BCCI. This should have been done ages ago. Well good things come late sometimes. I hope India puts STRONG emphasis on fast bowling. They focus too much on the batting to my liking. India will ALWAYS produce champion batsmen. It's in their blood. The bowling department is what that needs a complete make over. Hopefully they can also set up a spin bank... for young prospective spinners to come through. They need to do what England are doing now. Test cricket MUST be promoted from a basic level. Added incentive must be provided for players who take up a liking towards Ranji cricket and other 4 day competitions. The ideas are many. Lastly.. please try to make pitches more conducive to pace and bounce. I know it's hard to do that in India but hey it's worth the try.

  • on December 24, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    "Venkatesh Prasad, the former India fast bowler" was he a fast bowler? he was slow medium gentle and i cud hit him for a six. Please have Srinath be in charge of this.

  • on December 25, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    about bloomin time really, india needs something like this, hopefully the coach monitering will be someone thats worth paying and doesn't tell them all to be rank swing bowlers!

  • Nampally on December 25, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    This type of planning does not take a Rocket Scientist.It is plain common sense & fundamental. I had recommended this in my cricinfo comments right after the England Tour.In fact there should be a similar pool for the spinners classified into: right arm leg breaks & googlie, Right arm off spin & left hand orthodox - at least 4 in each class. For fast bowlers they should be classified according to pace into 1. 140 - 150 KPH 2. 135 - 140 KPH 3.Below 135 KPH. Any bowler below 125 should not be classified as fast bowler. One other other urgent Need is to establish the Physical Fitness Verification standards.This should include monitoring health & fitness of all contracted players year round by a team of Medical Doctors & certified Physios.In fact this should be at the top of the priority list. Players like Ishant would never have got in the squad for Aussie tour if such testing was in place.Another common sense item! Does Kumble needs to recommend this before it is put in place?

  • sankar8000 on December 25, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Very Good Move.....Do it asap...

  • on December 25, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Finally we are paying respect to pace bowling...defo step in the right direction...