Kochi: The second Radio Mango Kerala Express search for the best fast bowlers in the state kicked off here on Friday. The event is organised with the cooperation of the Kerala Cricket Association and the MRF Pace Foundation. The first round will take place in 60 colleges across the state. There will also be open trials at Ernakulam, Kannur, Alappuzha and Kottayam. Those who are not students can also try their arm out at these centres.
The open trials at Ernakulam will take place on Monday at the St Paul's College ground at 3.30 pm. The trials are open for those born between September 1, 1996, and September 1, 2001. Those interested should appear with valid proof of age.
Those who make it through the first round will then go to zonal selection tests that will be held at Ernakulam, Thalassery, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. The final round will be held at Ernakulam.
Dav Whatmore, the former Australia cricketer and current state cricket team coach, will select the finalists. The top four fast bowlers (one of them from Dubai) will get training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. They will also receive a Hero Maestro Edge scooter as a gift.
All applicants to the second edition of the Kerala Express will go into the draw for a lucky winner of a Hero Maestro Edge as well. At the flag-off of Kerala Express 2, KCA secretary Jayesh George, fast bowler Basil Thampi, director of the Centre for Excellence Tinu Yohannan, Hero showroom representatives Haris Sain and Joe Jose as well as Radio Mango program director Ravindran Nair were present.