NEW DELHI: Sarfraz Nawaz, known for stirring up controversies, walked into one shortly after his arrival to spend a week with Delhi's fast bowling talent.
Invited by the Delhi and District Cricket Association to share his craft with select youngsters, the former Pakistan paceman was huddled with the two warring factions in public view before sanity prevailed at the Ferozeshah Kotla here.
Delhi coach Chetan Chauhan insisted on going ahead with a two-day match starting on Friday against Rajasthan that was arranged a month ago.
The DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev opposed the move since it would have meant keeping Sarfraz out of action for two days.
It needed the intervention of DDCA president Arun Jaitley to solve the matter.
The players have been asked to report at 8 a.m. on Friday even as doubts persisted about Delhi hosting Rajasthan, to be led by Ajay Jadeja and comprising England internationals Vikram Solanki and Kabir Ali. "We would also report at 8 a.m.," said Jadeja. "If not at Kotla, we will play Railways (at Karnail Singh Stadium). They, too, want to host us, " he added.
Sarfraz, meanwhile, held two sessions with the Delhi fast bowlers one with the Ranji probables and the other with the juniors.
The seniors were told about the importance of a proper run-up, ideally 20 to 22 yards, in order to keep the batsman guessing. "Body co-ordination and high arm action are two key factors," the bowlers were told emphatically, not to forget "straight wrist."
To illustrate the importance of tight bowling, Sarfraz placed a marker at a spot three quarter of the length on the pitch and instructed the trainees to land on the `spot'.
Interestingly, the session saw the use of new balls and not the semi-old variety, the use of which Sarfraz had mastered in his prime.
Sarfraz was at his typical best when he said that Irfan Pathan and S. Sreesanth were "finished" as international bowlers. "Sreesanth's line and length are gone," said Sarfraz. He blamed the Indian team management for the mess that Pathan was in. "Pathan is releasing the ball early."