The JSCA office
Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has shortlisted 17 players for a special seam bowling camp scheduled to be held from July 29 to August 5 at the indoor facility of the international cricket stadium in Ranchi.
Apart from experienced seamers, there are some budding players who have been called for the camp, aimed at helping players fine tune their skills before the ensuing season.
The seamers who were named on Thursday include Shiv Shankar Rao, Ajay Yadav, Jaskaran Singh, Yajuvendra Krishnatry, Ashish Kumar, Prakash Seet, Vikash Singh, Raju Yadav, Chandan Singh, Monu Kumar Singh, Prem Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Krishna Patel, Istekhar Ahmad Khan, Jagdish Pradhan, Pradeep Kujur and Pawan Kumar Sharma.
Varun Aaron and Rahul Shukla aren’t in the list. While Aaron is touring England with Team India, Shukla is part of the India A squad for the ongoing quadrangular series in Australia.
The shortlisted medium-pacers have been asked to report at Ranchi on July 28.
According to JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma, they are in touch with former India seamer T A Sekar for conducting the camp. “Sekar is now in Mumbai and is expected to get back to us in a couple of days,” he added.
Sekar, who was earlier associated with Chennai-based MRF Pace Foundation, is being considered as Subroto Banerjee, who mentored the Jharkhand senior outfit last season, is yet to make up his mind about continuing with JSCA.
Former Bihar Ranji skipper V. Venkat Ram and medium-pacer Ashish Sinha will also share their expertise at the camp
Verma said the camp was supposed to be conducted in the first week of July but had to be postponed due to logistical hiccups.
“We will also conduct special camps for batsmen and spinners. We will shortly convene a meeting with our coaches to shortlist players for these camps,” he added.
Shedding light on the upcoming camp, the JSCA secretary said emphasis would be paid to swing bowling as it was a vital wicket-taking weapon.
Jharhand players have often been found wanting when it comes to effecting early breakthroughs. The camp will help seamers perform to their potential in matches ahead.
“Swing is an important component in any pace bowler’s armoury, especially on batting-friendly wickets. The camp is expected to keep the medium-pacers in good stead during the upcoming season,” a senior JSCA functionary said.