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Prabhakar turns down offer to help Aussies

One day after The Indian Express reported how Team India have unleashed a new brand of reverse swing against Australia...

Written by G_s_vivek | New Delhi |
October 24, 2008 12:20:28 am

One day after The Indian Express reported how Team India have unleashed a new brand of reverse swing against Australia, the visitors are desperately searching for clues to decode it. And after landing in Delhi, they zeroed in on one man to bail them out of the current crisis — former India pacer Manoj Prabhakar.

According to sources, an agent representing the Australian team presented an offer to Prabhakar on Tuesday — the same day when Australia lost the second Test in Mohali — to organise a two-day camp with the Australian players in Delhi that dealt only with reverse swing.

But Prabhakar, currently Delhi’s bowling coach, turned down the offer on Thursday afternoon. While the bowler himself refused to comment, a source close to him indicated that he had refused in better interests of the Indian team.

The offer, which included a substantial packet, required Prabhakar to help Australian bowlers ‘maintaining’ the ball to get reverse swing, and help the Australian batsmen with techniques to identify the reversing ball and help them cope.

“Prabhakar reminded the agent of his own playing days in Australia, when he used to struggle with the alarming bounce and swing, during which time there was little help at hand from any former Australian cricketers,” the source said.

Prabhakar’s turning down the offer comes just a month after Greg Chappell, the former Indian coach, received severe criticism for agreeing to help out Australia in their preparations for the India series.

The BCCI also issued a showcause notices to Rajasthan Cricket Association and its president Lalit Modi for organising special facilities for Australia.

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