Airtel Fastest selects 45 bowlers | Sunday Observer

Airtel Fastest selects 45 bowlers

A fast bowling aspirant in action
A fast bowling aspirant in action

Airtel Sri Lanka along with a team of selectors continued with their hunt for fast bowling talent at Thurstan ground yesterday.

Now they have selected 145 bowlers from their initial program under three categories; under-19 and over-19 among boys and an open category for girls.

The hunt to identify Sri Lanka’s undiscovered fastest bowling talent began in February, with a view to enriching the national fast bowling talent pool.

The talent hunt was initially conducted in Jaffna, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Matara, Badulla, Ruwanwella, Gampaha, Kurunagale, Kandy, Horana and Colombo.

Speaking at the top 45 selection, Anusha Samaranayake, the coach behind ‘Airtel Fastest’ said: “The players that we have identified through Airtel Fastest have great potential which we can nurture and bring up-to the international standards. The program is a huge service to the sport itself to identify much needed talent to represent the country.”

Out of the 145 initial pool that was selected, the organizers selected the top 45 fastest bowlers for the second round which will commence with a coaching camp. The coaching camp is said to focus the youngsters on key attributes like bio-mechanics of fast bowling, fitness, endurance, speed and agility.

‘Airtel Fastest’ will challenge the amateur bowlers in different forms and five fast bowlers will be selected for the final round.