As India prepares to take on Sri Lanka in a tri-series final in Bangladesh, I stumbled on this extremely odd piece of cricket news that former India seamer, Laxmipathy Balaji has been called to a action-rectifying rehabilitation camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore from January 18 to 24, 2010.
He is one of 35 bowlers — Yes! Thirty five bowlers — with a suspect action that have been asked to report for the camp. I looked and looked again to see if the names some well-known International cricketers who do chuck were included.
But apparently this set of invitations is just for Indian players!
While I laud the BCCI for trying to put in some measures to rectify actions early, I was quite shocked to see the name Abhinav Mukund feature in the list!
Left handed opening batsman, Abhinav Mukund, bowls leg spin occasionally. He has been used reasonably consistently as a partnership breaker in this seasons’ Ranji Trophy and met with some success.
To the best of my knowledge, Abhinav does not bowl off spin at all.
A leg-spinner can chuck? How?
The full list of “invitees” to the BCCI “rehabilitation camp” at the NCA HQ at Bangalore are:
Siddharth Trivedi, Amit Singh, Jayesh Makla, Rujul Bhatt, Anupam Patel, Dipesh Bhandari, Sanket Tandel (all Gujarat), G. V. S. Prasad (Andhra), S. Sriram (Goa), K. P. Appanna and Manish Pandey (Karnataka), H. Khadiwale (Maharashtra), Rajesh Pawar and Salim Veragi (Baroda), Yogesh Nagar (Delhi), Sarandeep Singh (Himachal Pradesh), Kulamani Parida (Railways), Rahul Kanwat (Rajasthan), L. Balaji and A. Mukund (Tamil Nadu), Shivkant Shukla, Parvinder Singh and Mohammad Kaif (Uttar Pradesh), Arlen Konwar (Assam), Tejashvi Yadav (Jharkhand), Basant Mohanty (Orissa), Jayanta Debnath, Debbhakta Jamatia and Abhijit Dey (Tripura), Murtaza Hussain, Vikrant Yelliugatti and Aniket Redkar (Mumbai), Vishal Joshi (Saurashtra), Sandeep Singh and Harshal Shitoot (Vidarbha).
The list of “invitees” to the camp does include some batsmen like Mohammed Kaif and Manish Pandey. So, in my most generous mood, I can only assume that Abhinav Mukund has been invited to the camp as a batsman. If not, I hope the NCA is being run by someone who knows his/her cricket!