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NCA initiates programme to rectify actions

The action-rectifying team doing duty at the NCA in Bangalore has found two bowlers clean and is working with 18 others along with their teams' coaches, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.
Hindustan Times | By Atreyo Mukhopadhyay, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2008 01:58 AM IST

The action-rectifying team doing duty at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore has found two bowlers clean and is working with 18 others along with the coaches of their respective state or academy teams. This programme to suggest corrective measures began on Tuesday and gets over on Saturday.

These bowlers were detected with flaws in their action during the Ranji Trophy last season and are working under the supervision of NCA chief coach Dav Whatmore, bowling coach Bharathi Arun and spin-bowling coach N. Venkatram. Though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Bengal off-spinner Sourasish Lahiri and another bowler have been cleared.

"We have detected the problems and the reasons. Most of it was caused because of poor alignment and the bowlers can easily overcome it if they follow certain drills that we are suggesting to them and to their coaches," Arun, who refused to take names or numbers, said on Thursday.

"It's not that bowlers chuck intentionally. In some cases the problem is inherent while in some cases they pick it up on the road. We have involved their coaches in this programme so that they can identify the grey areas and deal with them at an early stage."

It has been learnt that of the state coaches in Bangalore now are the likes of Paras Mhambrey, W.V. Raman and Surendra Bhave. India under-19 player Napoleon Einstein, Mohnish Parmar and Priyankar Mukherjee are some of the bowlers.

Though a majority of these bowlers are spinners, there are about five or six medium-pacers in the pack as well. The rest are a mix of left-arm orthodox bowlers and off-spinners. Most of them are under the age of 25. “Our plan is to identify and eradicate this problem from the grassroots level,” said Arun.

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