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‘Movement’ towards bowling coach on the card

Calcutta: Sooner rather than later, perhaps, the Board will appoint a fast bowling coach for Team India.

Of course, nothing has been finalised, but there could even be a formal request from the team management.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, Jawagal Srinath’s retirement has left our attack both short on experience and guidance.

“Srinath was a mentor to some of the present quicks and, with his leaving the scene, the bowlers may find the going tough… In other words, a coach/guide is needed,” one of the sources explained.

Of the quintet heading for Australia, Zaheer Khan is the most experienced (26 Tests), followed by Ajit Agarkar (16) and Ashish Nehra (13). Avishkar Salvi and Irfan Pathan are absolute rookies, though the former has played ODIs.

Even if the Board doesn’t make a long-term appointment straightaway, somebody like Wasim Akram could have a “few sessions” with the Nehras during the forthcoming tour.

The former Pakistan captain, after all, will be in Australia as part of a commentary team. At the same time, options will be there should an ex-stalwart’s guidance be necessary.

Eventually, however, it may well be an Indian who will work alongside (overall) coach John Wright. Indeed, when the CVs are asked for, Srinath should be strongly placed.

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