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Can U Bowl Fast? -Timex launches Talent search competition for fast bowlers in the country.

A private initiative will be launched in India in September to unearth fast bowlers in a land traditionally regarded as the home of spin.

Timex Watches will conduct competitions in 10 Indian cities, with the first in New Delhi on September 14, inviting young hopefuls to bowl as fast as they can.

All the bowlers will be timed in a bid to unearth the fastest bowler in India, according to Kapil Kapoor, managing director of Timex Watches, a subsidiary of US-based Timex.

"Anyone who thinks he can deliver as a fast bowler can participate in the event. We are talking to domestic and international fast bowlers to be a part of the hunt and help us judge the bowlers," Kapoor said.

Fast bowling was completely dominated by spin in India until Kapil Dev emerged on the scene in 1978 and was for some years Test cricket's leading wicket-taker with 434 victims.

Kapil inspired a fast bowling revolution in the country, but young cricketers are still inclined to take the easy way out and become spinners on the slow and dusty Indian wickets.

With cricket being played all over the country and there is a lot of untapped talent. This competition is certainly a welcome move as anything could happen out of the blue.

The current Indian team boasts of two quality left-arm seamers in Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, but the imminent retirement of veteran Javagal Srinath will leave a gaping hole.

Former Australian great Dennis Lillee runs a fast bowling academy in the southern city of Madras, but Kapoor hopes to unearth raw talent through his competition and this certianly a good platform for one to get recognised.