Jeff Thomson said he was absolutely delighted to be back in India © Getty Images
Jeff Thomson said he was absolutely delighted to be back in India © Getty Images

Kochi: Legendary Australian speedster Jeff Thomson will train budding fast bowlers from Kerala at a bowling foundation being set up to identify and nurture raw cricket talent from the state. The launch of the KCA-IDBI Bowling Foundation by Kerala Cricket Association in partnership with IDBI Federal Life Insurance company was announced on Tuesday in the presence of Thomson, who is its head coach. Speaking on the occasion, Thomson said he was absolutely delighted to be back in India. “After a successful training stint with talented young bowlers in Mumbai and Bengaluru, I am certain that Kerala will provide us with some quality exceptional talent. I hope to make a difference in the lives of these youngsters through my knowledge and experience of the game,” he said. Jeff Thomson to train young Indian pacers for one month in Australia

Thomson, fondly called Thommo, will be proceeding to Wayanad to train fast bowlers from September 1 to 16. Since the BCCI season starts in September, Thomson will finetune the state U-23 and U-19 bowlers playing for Ranji Trophy. Former India and Kerala fast bowler Tinu Yohanan will assist him in April next year and, in May, open selection trials will be conducted in Kerala to unearth young fast bowlers. 4 Indian bowlers to train at Australia’s Centre of Excellence under Jeff Thomson

Former Mumbai pacer and CEO of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Vighnesh Shahane said, “Kerala is an important market for IDBI Federal and we are thrilled to announce this initiative with Kerala Cricket Association.” “We are confident that the brand will gain significantly from supporting this grassroots sporting initiative. By partnering with the Kerala Cricket Association, we hope to see young talented bowlers learn, grow and develop under Thommo’s guidance,” he said. Jeff Thomson sympathises with modern bowlers for having to bowl on flat pitches

Shahane said, “We’ve seen what Thommo has done in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and the results have been exceptional.” “With him leading from the front, we are confident that he will inspire and transform a generation of young cricketers from Kerala,” he said.