Indian cricket June 28, 2010

The flawed selection of the A team

Undoubtedly, India A cricket catches my fancy like nothing else, more than even an odd international tournament here and there
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Undoubtedly, India A cricket catches my fancy like nothing else, more than even an odd international tournament here and there. In fact, I found myself tracking the scores of the current A team in England more closely as opposed to the tournament in which the seniors were engaged in, in the Emerald Islands. And hence the observations.

In the first game, Yorkshire fielded as many as three teenage debutants in the match against India A. Obviously, Yorkshire didn't take this game seriously. After all it was a side show for them and perhaps an unnecessary match scheduled by the ECB. India A being the guests could only expect better competition. If the hosts decided to play spoilsport, then so be it.

But what irked me more, was the India A team make-up. A couple of players in the side had got a promotion without ever playing a single first-class game. Apparently these players were picked on the back of their performances for the India Under-19 and IPL cricket. Representing their respective states and playing against the seasoned campaigners in the Ranji Trophy wasn't considered important enough while fast-tracking them into the big league.

Representing India A is as close as you can get to playing for the country and is perhaps the last litmus test to assess if you're ready. The possibility of a player donning India colours without having played even state level cricket is quiet preposterous. What kind of message would these selections send to hundreds of players who're toiling hard in the domestic circuit? Wouldn't they rue the fact that they aren't U-19 any more? In fact, age-forging is a serious menace in Indian cricket, which ought to be dealt with seriously and immediately. A lot of efforts, including conducting medical tests, have been made to eradicate it but in reality, we have made very little headway.

In my opinion, the only way to discourage kids from cheating is to make age-group cricket less important. Success at age-group cricket should only take you to real cricket, which is first-class cricket and must not become a ticket to the highest level. In the current scenario, such out-of-turn-selections and getting decent money in the IPL, is encouraging players to remain U-19 for as long as they possibly can.

An U-19 cricketer in England, representing his country, would only make it to the second XI of his county. And if he's really talented, he might make it to the first XI at the most, but definitely nothing beyond that. He wouldn't even dream of playing for England A in the same season, leave alone playing for them first before playing for the county. This cricketer has no reason to stay U-19 using unfair means. In fact the longer he stays U-19, the longer it might take for him to break into the big league. Also this system ensures that their domestic structure is not devalued. In fact, most countries, except a few in the subcontinent, follow the same structure.

India A should be used as the platform to judge a player's calibre one last time or for getting the fringe players back into some kind of form. This tour could have been an ideal opportunity for players like Ishant Sharma, RP Singh and Sreesanth to get some less-pressure cricket under their belts before the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • Trevor Wills on July 26, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Well written article. Mr. Chopra knows what he is talking about as he has good cricketing knowledge. And as far as talent is concerned ask Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and Brad Williams how good a batsman he is. He was all class here in Australia, the aussie bowlers could not get him out. So stop criticising Aakash.

    Trevor Wills Perth Australia

  • ut4me87 on July 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    May be some Indian 28 years old are actually older than 28 years that says on on the Birth Certificate. About time we do medical tests (bone growth etc.) before they take part in the age group tournaments.

  • Ashok Kumar on July 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Akash, While I would commend your foresight it must be borne in mind that the Indian A team is a collection of very impressive youngsters. Mukund & Dhawan are brilliant openers with Dhawan showing signs of being the next Sehwag.Rehane, Pujara, Tiwary, Panday show excellent talent of the future Indian middle order and Mithun, Singh, Abdullah are talented pace bowlers at 20 years. The 18 year old fast bowler, Udarkant, shows excellent promise. The Selectors may have a point here. Ishant, RP & Sreesanth are prone to injuries and may be ruled out on that basis.The entire Indian team has a serious fitness issue.Yuvraj has bludgeoning waistline + knee problems, Sehwag has hamstring & shoulder problems, Gambhir & Nehra have just recovered from their injuries, Zaheer is already out,Raina, Dhoni & Sharma also had recent injuries. Based on this fitness record, India A is better off with fit, keen. young 20 year olds. Why are Indian Cricketers so unfit after 28 years - this needs an answer.

  • adil on July 8, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    a very poor team selection i would say..ind'a' team should have players who are in scheme of things for senior squad in the coming 1-2 seasons or players performing superbly in domestic tournaments..with due respect to them i dont think jaskaran singh or udankat are going to get selected as they dont even have much of domestic experience either.with world cup round the corner players who could have been selected for the world cup should have been given a chance.in my opinion ind'a' team should have been:vijay,dhawan,rahane,pujara,pandey,d.karthik,p.patel,pathan,r.p.singh,sreesanth,tyagi,i.sharma,ashwin,chawla,d.kulkarni/a.mithun,a.mukund/s.tiwary

  • Akhilesh on July 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Akash Chopra is 100% correct. There is a nucence of over aged cricketers palying in lower group and catching eye of selectors and the genuine cricketers with real age group do not get chance. There are lots of examples with every state cricket association who them selves are feeding this.

  • Ashok Kumar on July 5, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Akash, You are right On.English Lions are playing a team with player who could not make it to the test level such as Trott, Bopara and so is West Indies with Bravo, Smoth, etc.India should also be sending their true "A" team with player who could not make it to the tests. Dinda, Sharma, Sreesanth amongst pacemen and Chawla, Mishra amongst spin bowlers needed to be in the team. India's bowling is the weakest amongst top 8 countries. Occasions like these are ideal to be exploited.The Indian Selectors have no planned action for future of India. India needs 3 pace & 3 spin bowlers of test class and this is where the Selectors should focus their attention.My India A team: D.Karthik, Kohli, Mukund, Tiwary, Dhawan,Saha, Vijay, Rehane, I.Sharma, Sreesanth, Dinda, Chawla,Ojha,Ashwin,I.Pathan. These are borderline players who are consistently on bench. Give them the chance to show how good they are. Irfan once tipped to replace Kapil is a forgotten man - why banish talented players?

  • unmukt chand on July 4, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    yeah vry true aakash bhaiya...bt i doubt dat if the players dropped 4rm d indian squad or those getting ready for the tour down under are the only ones in the A-side than when will new faces get a chance to showcase their talent...IPL has given a new and a very big platform to everyone...the boys in the A-side hav done enough in the IPL to earn a name and have definitely caught attention...i personally feel that many transformations have taken place with the coming of glamour and money in modern day cricket.and so is the way of the world..everyone likes to see new heroes...and the theory "Old is Gold" has stepped down from cloud nine....a combination of the fringe players coming back to form and the new faces can make up the A-side.bt a huge question mark still remains......!!!

  • J.S. on July 4, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Interesting to read about age forging. I was just told about this practice not too long ago. I just thought some of these guys were "mature looking" for their published age. Especially several just outside of India in new and upcoming national cricket teams.

    Another general observation is that there's always an Arvind (type) who comments on blogs. Yes, Arvind, you're very knowledgeable about composition. And we're all very impressed.

  • nazeer on July 3, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    IPL has become a bench mark for national selection now supported by a not so 'very good' ranji performance, or sometimes no ranji considerations at all. This will kill cricket and also our team india. I dont think so we are going to produce any dravids,sachins or laxmans anymore, because all of these players are sound in their technique and i am sure if dravid is suppose to be on fringe players list for selection during this time, his time will never come, being the player he is. Good bowlers had been sidelined, and new bowlers have been given opportunity at the top level, there are no proper planning for future, the new string of bowlers dont seem to be of international class. rp, munaf, irfan or much better bowlers, experienced and intelligent than the new lot if not the present lot. Purely selection is biased encouraging IPL to be taken seriously.

  • Vijay on July 2, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Over Age cricketers in age group tournaments is a necessity. look at Abhimanyu Mithun the recent recruit in the long list of Indian fast bowlers from no where he looks 19 or 20 I know him for past 7 years and his real age is around 25 years. Its the local associations who are encouraging these kind of players to hide there age and play. Its really disappointing not to see Munaf RP Ishant and Sreesanth in the A team,

  • Trevor Wills on July 26, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Well written article. Mr. Chopra knows what he is talking about as he has good cricketing knowledge. And as far as talent is concerned ask Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and Brad Williams how good a batsman he is. He was all class here in Australia, the aussie bowlers could not get him out. So stop criticising Aakash.

    Trevor Wills Perth Australia

  • ut4me87 on July 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    May be some Indian 28 years old are actually older than 28 years that says on on the Birth Certificate. About time we do medical tests (bone growth etc.) before they take part in the age group tournaments.

  • Ashok Kumar on July 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Akash, While I would commend your foresight it must be borne in mind that the Indian A team is a collection of very impressive youngsters. Mukund & Dhawan are brilliant openers with Dhawan showing signs of being the next Sehwag.Rehane, Pujara, Tiwary, Panday show excellent talent of the future Indian middle order and Mithun, Singh, Abdullah are talented pace bowlers at 20 years. The 18 year old fast bowler, Udarkant, shows excellent promise. The Selectors may have a point here. Ishant, RP & Sreesanth are prone to injuries and may be ruled out on that basis.The entire Indian team has a serious fitness issue.Yuvraj has bludgeoning waistline + knee problems, Sehwag has hamstring & shoulder problems, Gambhir & Nehra have just recovered from their injuries, Zaheer is already out,Raina, Dhoni & Sharma also had recent injuries. Based on this fitness record, India A is better off with fit, keen. young 20 year olds. Why are Indian Cricketers so unfit after 28 years - this needs an answer.

  • adil on July 8, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    a very poor team selection i would say..ind'a' team should have players who are in scheme of things for senior squad in the coming 1-2 seasons or players performing superbly in domestic tournaments..with due respect to them i dont think jaskaran singh or udankat are going to get selected as they dont even have much of domestic experience either.with world cup round the corner players who could have been selected for the world cup should have been given a chance.in my opinion ind'a' team should have been:vijay,dhawan,rahane,pujara,pandey,d.karthik,p.patel,pathan,r.p.singh,sreesanth,tyagi,i.sharma,ashwin,chawla,d.kulkarni/a.mithun,a.mukund/s.tiwary

  • Akhilesh on July 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Akash Chopra is 100% correct. There is a nucence of over aged cricketers palying in lower group and catching eye of selectors and the genuine cricketers with real age group do not get chance. There are lots of examples with every state cricket association who them selves are feeding this.

  • Ashok Kumar on July 5, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    Akash, You are right On.English Lions are playing a team with player who could not make it to the test level such as Trott, Bopara and so is West Indies with Bravo, Smoth, etc.India should also be sending their true "A" team with player who could not make it to the tests. Dinda, Sharma, Sreesanth amongst pacemen and Chawla, Mishra amongst spin bowlers needed to be in the team. India's bowling is the weakest amongst top 8 countries. Occasions like these are ideal to be exploited.The Indian Selectors have no planned action for future of India. India needs 3 pace & 3 spin bowlers of test class and this is where the Selectors should focus their attention.My India A team: D.Karthik, Kohli, Mukund, Tiwary, Dhawan,Saha, Vijay, Rehane, I.Sharma, Sreesanth, Dinda, Chawla,Ojha,Ashwin,I.Pathan. These are borderline players who are consistently on bench. Give them the chance to show how good they are. Irfan once tipped to replace Kapil is a forgotten man - why banish talented players?

  • unmukt chand on July 4, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    yeah vry true aakash bhaiya...bt i doubt dat if the players dropped 4rm d indian squad or those getting ready for the tour down under are the only ones in the A-side than when will new faces get a chance to showcase their talent...IPL has given a new and a very big platform to everyone...the boys in the A-side hav done enough in the IPL to earn a name and have definitely caught attention...i personally feel that many transformations have taken place with the coming of glamour and money in modern day cricket.and so is the way of the world..everyone likes to see new heroes...and the theory "Old is Gold" has stepped down from cloud nine....a combination of the fringe players coming back to form and the new faces can make up the A-side.bt a huge question mark still remains......!!!

  • J.S. on July 4, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Interesting to read about age forging. I was just told about this practice not too long ago. I just thought some of these guys were "mature looking" for their published age. Especially several just outside of India in new and upcoming national cricket teams.

    Another general observation is that there's always an Arvind (type) who comments on blogs. Yes, Arvind, you're very knowledgeable about composition. And we're all very impressed.

  • nazeer on July 3, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    IPL has become a bench mark for national selection now supported by a not so 'very good' ranji performance, or sometimes no ranji considerations at all. This will kill cricket and also our team india. I dont think so we are going to produce any dravids,sachins or laxmans anymore, because all of these players are sound in their technique and i am sure if dravid is suppose to be on fringe players list for selection during this time, his time will never come, being the player he is. Good bowlers had been sidelined, and new bowlers have been given opportunity at the top level, there are no proper planning for future, the new string of bowlers dont seem to be of international class. rp, munaf, irfan or much better bowlers, experienced and intelligent than the new lot if not the present lot. Purely selection is biased encouraging IPL to be taken seriously.

  • Vijay on July 2, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Over Age cricketers in age group tournaments is a necessity. look at Abhimanyu Mithun the recent recruit in the long list of Indian fast bowlers from no where he looks 19 or 20 I know him for past 7 years and his real age is around 25 years. Its the local associations who are encouraging these kind of players to hide there age and play. Its really disappointing not to see Munaf RP Ishant and Sreesanth in the A team,

  • Anonymous on July 2, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I think Parthiv Patel should have been selected for the A team as wk, following his good ranji season

  • Anonymous on July 2, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    It should also inclue Irfan Pathan,well actually I think Irfan Pathan and Cheteshwar Pujara should have both been selected for the up-coming tests in Sl. The current Indian selectors aren't very good =( and should be changed.

  • Prince on June 30, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Why irfan is not selected for india A he is working hard lets give him chance to prove him think if he got his form then india get a good fast bowling allrounder i think srikant have some problem with him.

  • Sidarth on June 30, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    I really wish selectors and fans alike would compare apples with apples. A new Test player MUST first do well in the Ranji (and preferably Duleep) Trophies beforehand. I would say 2 years is about right for a talented young player to have proved himself. A new one-day international player MUST first do well in List A matches before being elevated. The new trend of fast-tracking players who perform well in the IPL (completely different game and strategy to Tests and one-dayers) and Under-19s cricket (much lower standard of cricket) defies logic. Can someone please name even ONE successful Indian cricketer of recent times who has had a good international career without having first proved himself in the equivalent format at state or regional level? Even Sachin was extremely successful during his first one and half seasons of Ranji Trophy before the selectors picked him! He was simply an early starter and a high achiever very early in his career snd not fast-tracked from the Under 19s.

  • TorontoLeggie on June 30, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Well done, Aakash! I totally agree with you. The false glitter of IPL 3 has blinded (and, consequently, blighted) the selection process of the India A team selection. Imagine taking Jaskaran Singh - why?

  • Asif Rathod on June 30, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I completely agree with Akash in terms of Indian team selection. Recently I heard, WI-A team has also beat them HAHAHAHA..... . This team should have players like, S.Sreesanth, I.Sharma. These guys are selected in Indian Test team without having any match practice, since last 2-3 months. Also, guys like I.Pathan, R.P.Singh, P.Patel should have been selected in this team. Atleast they could have got some sort of chance to make a come back in Indian team. Pathetic & Bias team selection.

  • S.Rangaraj on June 30, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    I agree with Akash regarding the selection of India A team. This team selection was important mostly because of the nearing of world cup in six months time. Players who are capable of representing India in the one day and test format have been with out playing cricket for some time and their selection in the India A team would have been an opportunity for them to get very useful batting and bowling practice. Having a stint in the middle playing for your country has more value than spending time in the cricket academy. In future, Akash and Harsha should come up with their suggestion well before these selections take place and a healthy debate of the cricket lovers should also be looked in to by the selectors while selecting these teams.

  • Chandrasekar T R on June 30, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    For all people, who point out Sachin playing at 16. Well, Sachin didn't come to play to India directly from Under-19. He played first class cricket for Bombay, before being selected to the Indian team. Sachin may have come through the ranks faster, but he did come through the normal system.

  • Anonymous on June 29, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    I completely disagree with Akash's view on the criteria for a India A callup. The idea of India A is to create a pool of cricketers who have high probability to play for the country and not to give match practise to cricketers who 'toil' for years in the Ranji circuit and international cricketers who are out of form. Sreesanth played county cricket for Yorkshire before returning to take a 5 wicket haul against Sri lanka. RP, Ishant could do the same. Better to give exposure to youngsters like Unadkat, Mithun, Tyagi who may not get a county contract yet. Remember Wasim and Waqar did not 'toil' for years before amking their debuts.

  • Anonymous on June 29, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Aakash I have read lot of articles by u. I can see the real common sense in this one. I absolutely believe Ishant and Company to be part of the A team. On their good day these guys are world beaters as we have seen the past. They are fading away now. Unless they get the low profile matches and foreign experiences they will never improve.

  • Boz on June 29, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    As usual, spot on from Aakash. India A means an Indian 2nd XI, that is, the second best team in the country. Not sending the 'second best' players to hone their skills and prove they are ready to don the national jersey with confidence is a mistake. It seems a free reign is being thrown to both Ishant and Sreesanth. They haven't done anything to earn their spots in that test squad. It all seems an act of desperation from the selectors. If they really wanted to choose the best few fast bowlers, they could have sent these two along with other Indian hopefuls such as Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Mithun, Dinda et al. to figure who truly has deserves a place based on form not reputation.

  • Tim Huguenin on June 29, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Agree in part but don't you think England have gone too far the other way selecting one 34 year old who hasn't played for England yet as well as three established test players. The A team should be for non-established players unless they are in severe need of time in the middle. Cook, Bell and Trott would be better off playing first class for the county than one-dayers. I think the Windies and Australia have probably got the most appropriate A teams right now, and also the most successful respective of how their full teams are travelling.

  • splendorskies on June 29, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Nice one Aakash..I was really upset when I came to know that S.Badrinath,a prolific scorer in Indian domestic Cricket wasn't there in the India A team.He has been so very consistent in domestic cricket,he should have been there in the India A squad..

  • Anonymous on June 29, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    How long will the selectors keep on fooling others by selecting A teams. Players from these teams rarely get an international call. Saurabh Tiwari is the best example for that. He got an ODI callup without ever playing in the A team, whereas Pujara who has been playing for the A team never received that call.

  • KR on June 29, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    I guess sometimes it is also important to look at the other side. Once you spot a talent (age not considered here), you need to groom the talent. It really does not matter if he has represented one or 20 first class games. Of course it is important to play those games, but in the absence of one at this time and the player has done reasonably well for India U-19, then why not give him an opportunity to play for India A. The selection needs to be balanced taking lot of things into account. Representative cricket is just one aspect of it.

  • Shirish Shetty on June 28, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Unadkat got 13 wickets in his first-class debut. Unadkat has a KKR contract - in fact he had a successful season with KKR, one of their few positives of the season. Unadkat might play for India in the future. This contrasts with your career - both nationally and with your franchise. I'm not sure what your agenda is here. I used to like you when you played and I liked reading your columns about the behind the scenes look at domestic cricket, but this post has lots of personal sub-text to it. Maybe its closure from the turbulent IPL2 with KKR (FIP, multiple-captains, mid-tournament squad-trimming, etc.)

  • Jake on June 28, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Most certainly. If they were not going to be picked for the SL tests, they should have been in England gaining much needed form and match practice. And if the selectors took the decision to pick them for the SL tests without considering the A team tour, just reflects a lack of thought.

  • Anonymous on June 28, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    yes, it is rightly said.Ishanth & Sreesanth shoud have played in A team. unfortunately selection is done without any vision. here opportunities should be giving to strong contenders for senior team & those who are struggling temporary form and successful candidates should be promoted to senior team...this time only "saha" is selected from the current A team now in english tour and his selection was unwanted because D.karthik was doing well. we cannot see any back-up plan here.

  • VKL Narayanan on June 28, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Well I disagree with Akash. If his logic was correct then how Sachin Tendulkar would have played international cricket at the age of 16. No doubt he had played some Ranjit trophy matches by the time he made debut for India even though he was 16 and something

  • CricketPissek on June 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    fortunately for Sri Lanka, Aravinda de Silva and his selection committee know a thing or two about grooming players. Hence, young Dinesh Chandimal, who showed so much potential by scoring an amazing century against India in Zimbabwe, wasn't selected for the Asia cup, but sent to Australia with the 'A' team to improve his game. I think A team tours need a lot more attention. If these tours are organised well, it could benefit teams greatly. Even teams like Bangladesh could host 4 day first class games against touring A teams. and sub continent A teams should organise tours to NZ, AUS, ENG and even ireland/zimbabwe to test the players' ability on unfamiliar tracks. But the money doesn't flow from these, so short sighted selectors miss these opportunity. oh well!

  • Arvind on June 28, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    You should learn to control the flow of your article, and stick to the point you are writing about. To begin with, it seemed as though the article is about selection process for the India A team, and then 75% of the article focused on U-19, age-forging, cheating and the like. I am sure Cricinfo could afford an editor to review your article, if you choose to ask.

  • NMK on June 28, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Well if this were followed strictly then there would be no more hope of a Sachin coming up the ranks ever. I think we should have 3-4 such slots where you directly upgrade some real young talent to test their mettle

  • Jay on June 28, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    There is something seriously wrong with the way the selection committee looks at the future of India cricket. But the problem is with the board who makes people like Srikanth as the chairman of selectors. The guy had no sense while batting, while speaking on the game (as an expert panelist on DD) and now in his selection process. India is No 1 in Test not because but inspite of them. God save India cricket from such jokers.

  • najeeb on June 28, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    India A should represent the second best cricket team in India.It should not be a showcase for U-19 stars. India seems to be the only country that does this. Out of form and talented/experienced players who have lost their place with the national team should be given first preference as well as up and coming seasoned performers who have proved themselves at the domestic level.It seems the Indian selectors have no clue how to develop a team,nor do they seem to be troubled by this weakness. If a player fails at the national level they just go and get a 19 or 20 year old and consign the older experienced player to the dust bin. India has at least 10+ players wandering in the wilderness right now.Couldn't they be playing and consolidating their game with touring India A team?

  • Akshay on June 28, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Absolutely!!! As again very well said Aakash sir. I have played cricket in the age group(u-17, u-19) for Mumbai. But to see player's who are over aged was discouraging. I dont want to name the players here but i know so many current and prospective cricketers who are over age but still play under age.

  • Sumeet on June 28, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Cant agree more. I was surprised to see Kulkarni, Unadkat, etc. making the pace combination. An 'A' team must consist of those players who either are out of form and need some confidence (like Ishant, Sreesanth) or fringe players who will form the bench (like Pandey, Rahane, etc.). When selectors know that India is going to play 3 tests in SL and that they have no one to back on other than Sharma, Sreesanth, then why were they not sent as a part of A team? This selection committee is worse than the More and company one

  • Gaurav Tiwari (giitjee) on June 28, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    excellent. "India A should be used as the platform to judge a player’s calibre one last time or for getting the fringe players back into some kind of form.."

    ur experience is showing on here. very interesting!!!

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  • Gaurav Tiwari (giitjee) on June 28, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    excellent. "India A should be used as the platform to judge a player’s calibre one last time or for getting the fringe players back into some kind of form.."

    ur experience is showing on here. very interesting!!!

  • Sumeet on June 28, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Cant agree more. I was surprised to see Kulkarni, Unadkat, etc. making the pace combination. An 'A' team must consist of those players who either are out of form and need some confidence (like Ishant, Sreesanth) or fringe players who will form the bench (like Pandey, Rahane, etc.). When selectors know that India is going to play 3 tests in SL and that they have no one to back on other than Sharma, Sreesanth, then why were they not sent as a part of A team? This selection committee is worse than the More and company one

  • Akshay on June 28, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Absolutely!!! As again very well said Aakash sir. I have played cricket in the age group(u-17, u-19) for Mumbai. But to see player's who are over aged was discouraging. I dont want to name the players here but i know so many current and prospective cricketers who are over age but still play under age.

  • najeeb on June 28, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    India A should represent the second best cricket team in India.It should not be a showcase for U-19 stars. India seems to be the only country that does this. Out of form and talented/experienced players who have lost their place with the national team should be given first preference as well as up and coming seasoned performers who have proved themselves at the domestic level.It seems the Indian selectors have no clue how to develop a team,nor do they seem to be troubled by this weakness. If a player fails at the national level they just go and get a 19 or 20 year old and consign the older experienced player to the dust bin. India has at least 10+ players wandering in the wilderness right now.Couldn't they be playing and consolidating their game with touring India A team?

  • Jay on June 28, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    There is something seriously wrong with the way the selection committee looks at the future of India cricket. But the problem is with the board who makes people like Srikanth as the chairman of selectors. The guy had no sense while batting, while speaking on the game (as an expert panelist on DD) and now in his selection process. India is No 1 in Test not because but inspite of them. God save India cricket from such jokers.

  • NMK on June 28, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Well if this were followed strictly then there would be no more hope of a Sachin coming up the ranks ever. I think we should have 3-4 such slots where you directly upgrade some real young talent to test their mettle

  • Arvind on June 28, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    You should learn to control the flow of your article, and stick to the point you are writing about. To begin with, it seemed as though the article is about selection process for the India A team, and then 75% of the article focused on U-19, age-forging, cheating and the like. I am sure Cricinfo could afford an editor to review your article, if you choose to ask.

  • CricketPissek on June 28, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    fortunately for Sri Lanka, Aravinda de Silva and his selection committee know a thing or two about grooming players. Hence, young Dinesh Chandimal, who showed so much potential by scoring an amazing century against India in Zimbabwe, wasn't selected for the Asia cup, but sent to Australia with the 'A' team to improve his game. I think A team tours need a lot more attention. If these tours are organised well, it could benefit teams greatly. Even teams like Bangladesh could host 4 day first class games against touring A teams. and sub continent A teams should organise tours to NZ, AUS, ENG and even ireland/zimbabwe to test the players' ability on unfamiliar tracks. But the money doesn't flow from these, so short sighted selectors miss these opportunity. oh well!

  • VKL Narayanan on June 28, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Well I disagree with Akash. If his logic was correct then how Sachin Tendulkar would have played international cricket at the age of 16. No doubt he had played some Ranjit trophy matches by the time he made debut for India even though he was 16 and something

  • Anonymous on June 28, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    yes, it is rightly said.Ishanth & Sreesanth shoud have played in A team. unfortunately selection is done without any vision. here opportunities should be giving to strong contenders for senior team & those who are struggling temporary form and successful candidates should be promoted to senior team...this time only "saha" is selected from the current A team now in english tour and his selection was unwanted because D.karthik was doing well. we cannot see any back-up plan here.