Bengal pacers Akashdeep, Sayan Ghosh picked as IPL net bowlers
Due to the coronavirus, it is not possible for India to host this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) on their own soil. This year’s IPL is scheduled to start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
This year’s IPL is being organized in the transition of coronavirus. So, everyone has to follow the strict rules of hygiene. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already issued guidelines on how many players and officials each franchise can stay in the UAE.
However, each franchise is now teaming up with several other young bowlers in addition to the team cricketers in the UAE. In a word, the identity of those, net bowlers. Each team’s practice requires batsmen to bowl in the nets. For this reason, net bowlers are used naturally. Net bowlers have a dream again, to catch the eye of the coaches there. Then the huge door of career will open in front of them.
But in the protocol in which the IPL is being held in the United Arab Emirates, the issue of net bowlers was not considered at first. Finally, 8 franchises have selected a total of 50 young players who will be taken to the United Arab Emirates. In other words, the fortunes of the 50 young bowlers are now sitting for the welfare of the IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals are basically keep the under-19 and under-23 cricketers in the list. They will be bowling in the nets in the UAE for about a month. Until now, local bowlers were called in the net. This time, keeping in mind the bio-protected environment, the franchisees have taken to the field to procure qualified net bowlers.
Akashdeep of Kolkata, who made his Ranji cricket debut this time, has been overwhelmed by such an opportunity.
“I will get a chance to bowl to some of the best in the world. Besides with Steve Smith as skipper and Andrew McDonald as coach there will be a lot to learn,”
Kings XI Punjab have taken Sayan Ghosh who was with KKR and Delhi in the past. In Sayan’s words, “It’s a great opportunity for me. And the experience I will gain will help Bengal in future. It is a welcome break from being lockdown in our houses. I can bowl and play cricket which is a great motivation.”
KKR has 10 net bowlers in mind. KKR Academy coach Abhishek Nair has been given the responsibility in this regard. “It will be a blend of players of who have played Ranji Trophy while some of have played U-23 and U-19 national level tournaments,” someone who is privy to developments in the KKR camp informed.
Delhi Capitals has 6 bowlers in its list. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will take bowlers from their own academy. “Someone like former India U-19 Aditya Thackeray could gain a lot if RCB decides to take him for net sessions where he can bowl to a Virat Kohli. Aditya is a part of RCB developmental squad,” a senior talent scout of a franchise said.
Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings are thinking of taking about 10 net bowlers. They will stay until the tournament starts. Most foreigners are not available in CSK’s camp. It is learned that Faf du Plessis, who is going to be a father for the second time, will join on September 1. Lungi Ngidi will come with him. Shane Watson, coach Stephen Fleming, batting coach Mike Hussey will join CSK in Dubai on the 22nd.