TBFI wants full-time commitment

“I have made it very clear to the bowlers that if they need TBF help, they have to commit full-time. In sport, there are no two choices. One can achieve success only if he dedicates his time completely. There will be no more part-time association as results are very important for the sport’s growth. It might sound ruthless, but that’s the way it is,” said Chidambaram at the end of the National Executive committee meet here on Sunday.

Chidambaram elaborated on his philosophy. “Last year, we formed an elite squad for both men and women. The squad was sent to Malaysia for a two-month training stint, where they received inputs from Malaysian head coach Holloway Cheah and his assistant Allen Cheah. The focus was on improving the players’ techniques and fitness levels as well their mental make-up for success in international tournaments. The bowlers have since grown in confidence.”

Chidambaram said the federation was on the look-out for a full-time international coach. The president also announced that the National Championship will be held in Gurgaon from August 17-23. The elite squad will be changed and the bowlers sent to Vietnam for the Open championships and Asian Indoor Games.

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