West Indian bowling great Courtney Walsh will conduct a coaching camp for fast bowlers from Uttar Pradesh. The camp will be held in Kanpur from April 1 to 15.
According to Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) secretary Yudhvir Singh, the “specialised” camp is an effort to “make the young fast bowlers in the state interact with one of the greats of the game and improve their skills.”
The idea of the camp was part of a plan suggested by the UPCA president Yadupati Singhania and Director Rajeev Shukla. “The UPCA endeavour is to provide quality training to cricketers in order to give fillip to their temperament. The rich experience that Walsh brings to his job is going to benefit the youngsters. We have huge talent in UP but it needs to be channelised. This is a step in that direction,” said Yudhvir.
Walsh, who retired in 2001, has a tally of 519 wickets from 132 Tests. His subsequent assignments involved working as a selector in the West Indies and a coaching contract with Bangladesh that ends after the 2019 World Cup.
“We could not have asked for a better candidate. I and Rajeev had met him in Dubai last year during the Asia Cup and he had shown interest in our offer to come down for a short camp. We had conducted a similar camp with Mathew Hayden (from Australia) two years ago. The batsmen had learnt a lot from Hayden,” Yudhvir added.
Walsh will be assisted by former India seamer Rudra Pratap Singh (Sr), who played two ODIs before shifting his base to England. “We have also invited former state seniors like A. W. Zaidi and Obaid Kamal to the camp. They can learn and in turn share the knowledge with young bowlers,” added Yudhvir.
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