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Domestic cricket to help Pathan: Raju

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 02:02 IST

NATIONAL SELECTOR Venkatpathy Raju has said that playing in domestic cricket would help Irfan Pathan regain his bowling form.

Raju who was in the City to watch the Madhya Pradesh versus Goa Ranji trophy match however told Hindustan Times that he was not aware about under what circumstances Irfan Pathan has been asked to come back from South Africa mid-series.

Raju nevertheless cited the examples of Zaheer Khan and Saurav Ganguly who made it back to the team by virtue of their performances in the domestic circuit.

He said that Pathan would get ample opportunity to spend time on the field and get more bowling chances. This would benefit Pathan as well as the team. He also complimented Ganguly and V V S Laxman who batted well and said that domestic cricket helped them to make a come back.

He said there is still more time for the world cup and India are playing eight matches — four against Sri Lanka and four against West Indies — and we would watch that matches before coming to any conclusion.

Talking about India’s poor results in the recently concluded one day series against South Africa, Raju said that lack of match practice was the sole reason. Unlike in the one day series, India got a four day match before the test matches and the results are there for all to see. Teams should get adequate match practice while on tours abroad.

Indians came back in the test as they played four days match before the test match, in abroad we should play two to three side matches to have good match practice.

About watching Ranji Plate matches, Raju said that BCCI president has requested all the selectors to watch the Elite and Plate Ranji matches.

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