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Pathak: Nationals a good exposure

Calcutta: India’s national bowling coach Madhukant Pathak is optimistic of the team putting up an impressive show in next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The sport will be played on natural grass at the CWG. So this edition of the Nationals should be a good trial for the bowlers before the mega event.

“Although the game will be played on natural grass in Glasgow, the surface there will be identical to a synthetic one. But we should do well if we get a six-month camp and tournaments overseas with nations that are stronger than us...

“Then these players will be able to put up a very good performance at the CWG. I’m quite confident about the abilities of the likes of Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar, who already have their share of achievements in this sport,” Pathak, who is from Jharkhand, said after the Thursday’s inauguration at the RCGC Maidan tent.

Pathak emphasised the importance of this national meet, which he feels, will help the bowlers get used to playing on grass. “This tournament is important because it will help us select a squad for the CWG next year... It will provide a good exposure to young players, who haven’t yet played on grass,” he said.