Jaipur owners rope in Greg Chappell
Former India coach Greg Chappell has been roped in by Emerging Media, the Jaipur franchise owners in the upcoming Indian Premier League, to spot and nurture talent specifically for the Twenty20 format of cricket.
Chappell and Ian Fraser, who was also involved with the national team as biomechanics expert when the former Aussie captain was coach, are to select 24 players from a vast pool who would then be put through their paces at the Cricket Star Academy at Jaipur, it was announced at a news conference at Mumbai.
Chappell, who stepped down as Indian cricket coach following the disastrous outing of the national team at the World Cup last March in the West Indies, said he was looking forward to the new challenge.
"A lot of changes are taking place in the cricket world with the advent of T20. We will choose 24 players who will join a camp from March 21 till the end of the month to develop their skills. There is no exact science in player development. It's up to the individuals selected to develop them," the Australian great said.
Chappell, who is currently in charge of the Rajasthan Cricket Association's Academy in Jaipur, was not willing to take a call on whether the surfeit of Twenty20 games around the world will affect international cricket.
"This is beyond the scope of this conference. I don't have a crystal ball to predict it. We may have to wait and see," he said.
"We may not include the players picked by Greg and Ian immediately in our team at the IPL, but may look at the option in 2009," said Emerging Media CEO Fraser Castellino.