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Chappell, Waugh, Gilchrist to judge talent hunt for junior players

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Mumbai, July 6 (UNI) Team India coach Greg Chappell, former Aussie greats Allan Border and Steve waugh and swashbuckling wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist will judge a talent hunt to pick 15 Under-19 emerging players to be coached in Australia.

The hunt is being organised by the Australian International Sports Academy (AISA) in association with The Flea, a release said here today.

These young men will then be pitted against an Australian team picked in a similar fashion in Australia, in what is to be called The Outback Ashes.

This will be the first time in India that a talent hunt will be done across two continents and use three mediums, the Television network, the Internet and mobile phones.

Explaining this concept, Tony Dell, executive director, AISA stated, ''This talent hunt emerges from Greg's firm belief that talent exists in our backyards and given the opportunity and training we can develop world class cricketers.'' Sunil Shibad, Director, The Flea explained, '' We will have on ground selection where boys under-19 can display their skills in bowling or batting before a panel of judges that will include Border, Gilchrist and others.

''Those that cannot reach the grounds will have to register online and film their bowling and batting via their mobile phones and upload it on our website. The same judges will then judge such uploaded images'', he added.

The event will be telecast on TV and be web cast on the Internet, simultaneously.

The Flea is in talks with TV channels to telecast and web cast this event.

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