No room for chuckers in pacer hunt

January 13, 2016

Players with flawed action will not be welcomed as the Bangladesh Cricket Board is set to resume the pace bowler hunt programme on January 17. The BCB had organised the programme twice in the past but reaped little reward as most of the bowlers picked up by the coaches had actions that were fundamentally flawed. As a result only handful of bowlers survived in local cricket and only two of them – Rubel Hossain and Robiul Islam – went to represent Bangladesh in international cricket.
Stuart Karppinen, the general manager of BCB’s high performance unit, who will supervise the month-long programme, said they will observe bowler’s speed, height and ability to develop skills before select them for next phase.
If a bowler meets the first two criterions but found to have an illegal action, he will be discarded, said Karppinen
‘We will not accept anyone with illegal action,’ Karpprinen said at a press conference. ‘We will have BCB fast bowling coaches with us. They will analyse the video footage of a bowler’s action. If they found any one’s action is faulty yet remediable only then they can select him.’
BCB’s High Performance unit chief Mahbub Anam said they have learnt from their mistakes and will try to avoid that.
‘Previously it was new experience for us and we learnt from that,’ he said.
Sponsor Robi’s chief operating officer Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said they are encouraged by the huge response from the prospective candidates. As of Monday, a total of around 35,000 registration requests were received out of which 7,500 applicants met the registration guideline.
The registration process, which started on January 1, will continue until January 14.
The campaign has been organised in two phase with the first phase starting from January 17 in 16 different locations.
A total of 64 selected participants will be chosen to go to Dhaka High Performance Camp for the second phase for participating in the final selection round.
Following the end of the elimination round top 12 players (10 male, 2 female) will be declared as winners.

-With New Age input

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