Ashok Dinda can play for India in Tests, says Waqar Younis
Ashok Dinda has been in good form over the last season for Bengal © PTI
Kolkata: Mar 18, 2014
Former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis says Bengal medium pacer Ashok Dinda has it in him to become a Test cricketer provided he makes a little adjustment to his bowling.
Impressed with the 29-year-old Dinda’s performance in the coaching session organised by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under its Vision 2020 programme, Younis said, “Our objective is to work on his weaknesses in the next six months so that he can be a Test player.” The three-day camp ended on March 18, 2014.
“Dinda is a good player. I had seen him earlier also and I don’t suggest any major change in his bowling. But a few things in his bowling have to be adjusted to make him a better bowler,” the 42-year-old Younis told reporters.
Dinda, who represented the country in a T20 international against Sri Lanka, is yet to earn a Test cap.
The session was held at the Jadavpur University cricket ground in Salt Lake area.
CAB has undertaken the ‘Vision 2020′ programme for next three years under the supervision of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, to fine-tune the skills of Bengal’s players.
Besides Younis, Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralithran has also given tips while Ganguly is looking after the batting department.
A world record holder in Test cricket, Muralitharan is also happy with the spinning talent of Bengal.
“There are good talents in spin bowling department in Bengal and I am sure they would be able to prove their mettle soon,” Muralitharan said.
The CAB has called about 200 players from its affiliated clubs for this camp and would assess their performance from time to time.
The duo would be back again after three months to monitor the progress.