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Monday, June 13, 2005

Waste not, want not?

Oh good, the Pakistan cricket board has finally decided to tap into the expertise of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, to help develop bowling talent in the country. About time, too -- the two Ws have been hinting, for long enough, that they would like to put their considerable knowledge and expertise to use.
It's something our own board should have considered, even implemented, ages ago. I mean, we have arguably four of the greatest spinners of all time. As far as we are concerned, their use ended the day they retired -- but isn't that really just the beginning?
During their respective careers, they acquired more than wickets -- there is a wealth of experience, of knowledge, that they have acquired during their playing career. Surely it is a logical part of product development to bring them together, under an official umbrella (for want of a better word, a spin school), so promising young spinners get an opportunity, maybe twice, thrice a year, to work with them, to learn, to refine their craft?
On similar lines, what of our seamers? Our master batsmen of earlier days? What say of an Eknath Solkar, who made close-in fielding sexy way before Jonty Rhodes came along?

3 Comments:

  • Cricket is continuously evolving, as are the cricket boards.. so, we will see many good developments happening (some bad ones too.. like BCCI's politics).. I think, overall, plus overweighs minuses.. the extent to which it does varies from country to country.. Hope we are not down in that list too..

    By Anonymous GP, at 13:30  

  • The two Ws are two highly underrated assets till date

    By Blogger Badri, at 13:32  

  • It won't work. Never will, unless Waqar coaches the right handers and Wasim the left handers. Otherwise, each guy will try to undo what the other taught. If they couldn't coexist as teammates, how the hell will they survive coaching together. There must be some RAW guys working in PCB and making decisions.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:32  

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