BCCI: Building a strong red-ball bowling pool targets endurance

The BCCI, under the leadership of the AjitAgarkar-led selection committee, is starting on a crucial mission: creating a pool of bowlers, wicketkeepers, and batters who can thrive in the demanding environment of first-class cricket. This initiative aims to address a long-standing challenge in the Indian cricket team, where finding bowlers, especially pacers, who can consistently handle red-ball rigors has been an ongoing concern.
The BCCI committee is actively scouting the country for promising talents, as per the Times of India. For instance, Khaleel Ahmed, previously absent from the first-class scene, was encouraged to participate in the Ranji Trophy for Rajasthan this season. Similarly, Delhi’s Mayank Yadav was identified but unfortunately missed the Ranji Trophy due to an injury. Additionally, discussions have been held with Arshdeep Singh regarding increasing his red-ball involvement.
Further solidifying their commitment to building a strong bowling pool, the BCCI, following recommendations from the selection committee, introduced special central contracts for fast bowlers. This initiative aims to financially support and incentivize young talents like Umran Malik, Akash Deep (who recently debuted against England), Karnataka’s VijaykumarVyshak, VidwathKaverappa, and YashDayal.


Feb 29, 2024 6:56 AM