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Srinath should clear air next week
- One-to-one with Brijesh Patel before leaving for Durham

Calcutta: Just where Jawagal Srinath stands, in relation to Team India, should be clear early next week when the veteran speedster has a one-to-one with chief selector Brijesh Patel.

Indications are that Srinath, who took back his Test-retirement seven months ago, will quit both forms of international cricket.

“Srinath and I will be having a chat in the next few days, in Bangalore, before he leaves for Durham… Let’s see what Srinath says, but he has indicated he doesn’t wish to continue,” Patel told The Telegraph Thursday evening.

In the city for a National Cricket Academy meeting, Patel hinted he won’t do a repeat of last September — requesting Srinath to make himself available for both forms.

[It was at Patel and captain Sourav Ganguly’s behest that Srinath played in the Test series (at home) against the West Indies, after initially having made himself unavailable for Test cricket anywhere.]

“Look, fast bowling takes a lot out of the cricketer in question… It’s so very demanding and…” Patel didn’t say anything more, perhaps because he has prepared himself for the end of the Srinath era.

Sourav, by the way, has already announced he won’t be making another request.

Srinath, for his part, has been maintaining he needs “more time” to actually decide on his future. It’s not insignificant that he made himself unavailable for the tri-series in Dhaka, beginning Friday.

Yet, the next few months will see Srinath based in Chester-le-Street (Durham’s HQ) as one of the overseas pros — the other being South African Dewald Pretorious. Besides sharing the new ball, he will be the youngest County’s bowling coach.

Srinath’s contract, of course, is till Australian Martin Love (currently in the West Indies) becomes available. It’s possible, though, that the bowling coach bit in his contract will be extended.

Incidentally, over 11 years of big-time cricket has seen Srinath collect 236 wickets in (67) Tests and 315 wickets in (229) ODIs. He turns 34 in August.

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