The Sri Lanka cricket board said that it has begun paying special attention to develop young up and coming fast bowlers to generate more pace.
Cricket is a popular sport in Sri Lanka and more and more youngsters are looking at emulating their idols as bowlers and batsmen.
The Sri Lanka Cricket board said that with many changes introduced in recent times to the rules of the game of cricket by cricket’s ruling body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is evident that all teams playing International Cricket demand the need of their fast bowlers to be able to bowl really fast if they are to take advantage of the rules that govern the shorter version of the game.
In an attempt to develop young fast bowlers, the cricket board said that a 15 member fast bowling squad has been undergoing training initially focusing on a structured strength and conditioning program.
“It also must be said that much emphasis and focus has been on developing the core and back area of the bowlers as this is seen as essential and if strengthened adequately this can give the bowler an advantage of developing and increasing ones power to be more explosive than usual,” the cricket board said.
Champaka Ramanayake, the bowling coach of the national cricket team, who spearheads this area of work for the coaching department with other fast bowling coaches is keen to see results of the current bowlers who are in training during the next domestic cricket season.
With the recent addition of Michael Main as the trainer of the national cricket team, Sri Lanka cricket said that it is believed that his inputs would add value to the fitness training methods. (Colombo Gazette)