Indian seamers begin training in Bangalore

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

India's pace bowlers have come to Bangalore's National Cricket Academy for a training camp which will run from today till July 4.

Indian seamers begin training in Bangalore

Bangalore: India's pace bowlers have come to Bangalore's National Cricket Academy for a training camp which will run from today till July 4. The fitness levels of India's top pace bowlers are being closely checked - and whatever needs to be done to get them in peak fitness in readiness for the next season will be the responsibility of team trainer Gregory King. Fitness concerns "Our main issue is with the fitness of fast bowlers. Most of our injuries occur with our fast bowlers so this camp is primarily for addressing those needs. The spinners will be attending later camps with all the other players, but in terms of fitness and conditioning, the fast bowlers are a bigger concern. You are always going to get injuries from time to time," said Gregory King, trainer. "The object of myself and John Gloster is to make sure that we minimise the occurrence of those injuries and try and prevent them as much as possible. There is no way that we can stop them altogether," King added. 16 bowlers were named for this camp a€" the first to be held since new team coach Greg Chappell took charge. He has stressed the importance of physical fitness for international cricketers a€" and India's injury prone pace bowlers agree. "I work on my fitness now to get myself energetic fitness for forthcoming series and season. It will be definitely very challenging as end of the season will be Pakistan and major tournaments coming up," said L Balaji, pace bowler. Focus on seamers In a game that is seen to favour the batsmen, the camp will be a chance for pace bowlers to get all the attention - until they are joined by their teammates in July. Irfan Pathan will not be attending as he is playing county cricket in England. Fast bowlers are the players most vulnerable to injury - and Indian bowlers are certainly no exception. That's the focus of this camp - to assess and to improve the fitness levels of the bowlers to minimise those injuries.
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