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Camp to sharpen swing attack

Jamshedpur, June 28: Seamers, both trained and budding pace bowlers, can look forward to hone their skills at a fast bowling camp to be held at the indoor facility of JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi next week.

Organised by Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), the camp will seek to help seam bowlers to fine tune their skills and prepare adequately for the ensuing season.

A former India medium-pacer and swing exponent, Subroto Banerjee, will conduct the proceedings.

Speaking to The Telegraph, JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma said emphasis would be more on swing bowling, which was a vital wicket-taking weapon.

Seamers from different age groups — under 16, 19, 25 years and seniors (read Ranji Trophy players) — will be selected for the camp that will continue for over a month.

The state cricket association will shortlist 10-12 boys in each group depending on their performance in U-16 and U-25 trophies during the last season.

“A slot of 10 days has been earmarked for each age group. It will be an intense training camp as we want to prepare our pacers for the forthcoming season,” JSCA secretary added.

Apart from Ranji left-arm pacer Jaskaran Singh (Jamshedpur), former state Ranji captain Shiv Shankar Rao (Dhanbad) and Monu Kumar Singh (Ranchi), who has donned India colt cap, a number of talented seamers will take part in the camp. Monu will be part of the U-25 camp as he has crossed 19 years.

However, Rahul Shukla, who will be touring with India-A outfit for the quadrangular series also involving South Africa-A and Australia Performance Squad next month, and Varun Aaron are unlikely to be present.

“We have often been found wanting when it comes to pace bowling attack. We want to prepare our boys adequately so that they can perform to their potential. Swing is a vital component in any pace bowler’s armoury, especially on batting-friendly wickets. The camp in the state capital is expected to yield positive results for our team,” a JSCA functionary said.

He added that bowlers here were quite experienced but proper guidance would help them perform better.


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