ASIA CUP 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Kaul was recently a part of the Indian ODI squad in England. © Getty
In a bid to provide quality practice for the Indian batsmen at the nets ahead of the Asia Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent five upcoming bowlers to Dubai as net bowlers for a period of three days.
Avesh Khan of Madhya Pradesh, Prasidh Krishna of Karnataka and Siddarth Kaul of Punjab are the three pacers while Punjab’s Mayank Markande and Jharkhand’s Shahbaz Nadeem form the spin duo. The decision to send the five bowlers comes in the wake of India featuring in back-to-back league games, against Hong Kong and Pakistan, on 18th and 19th September.
Cricbuzz understands that the five bowlers will be with the team only until 17th and are expected to be back with their states before the start of the 50-over Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, due to begin on the 19th.
Barring Avesh, the other four bowlers were part of the India teams during the recently concluded quadrangular series, also featuring the ‘A’ teams of Australia and South Africa.”
“Not everywhere do you get quality net bowlers and it becomes a problem for the senior team during practice sessions. With back to back games, you don’t expect a Bhuvneshwar Kumar or a Jasprit Bumrah to bowl flat out at the nets. Also, the young academy bowlers at times can’t provide quality practice. Hence we have got some of our next line of bowlers,” a BCCI official confirmed.
“This is a process that proves to be mutually beneficial for the team. While senior batsmen get quality practice, someone like a Mayank Markande can learn a lot by bowling at the India nets. Also, the senior players and the coaches can only keep a tab on the talent pool,” he added.
Other then the five named bowlers, the BCCI has also roped in Nuwan Seneviratne, a throwdown expert from Sri Lanka, with the sole aim of preparing for the incoming deliveries that are often bowled by Pakistan’s left-arm seamer, Mohammed Amir.
Around 10 members of the Indians team, under the watchful eyes of stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma, had their first net session on Friday (September 14). The rest of the squad, who were in England, for the recently concluded Test series, are expected to join the team on Sunday (September 16). Team India is expected to have its first complete net session on 17th, ahead of their league opener, against Hong Kong, on 18th.