India in South Africa 2012 March 28, 2012

South Africa experience will help - Fletcher

ESPNcricinfo staff
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India have arrived in Johannesburg for their one-off Twenty20 international against South Africa on March 30, and though it may seem like a long way to travel for a solitary match, their coach Duncan Fletcher believes the experience will be beneficial.

"We have got quite a lot of young players here. We've been trying to develop a young one-day squad and Twenty20 squad," Fletcher said. "These blokes have played well on the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good from an experience point of view."

When asked if his players were happy to travel so far for one game, given that the IPL begins on April 4, the captain MS Dhoni said they were, and praised South Africa's ability to make visiting teams comfortable. He did not believe the players were fatigued, having just completed a full tour of Australia and the Asia Cup, and said they wouldn't be fatigued with more than seven weeks of Twenty20 cricket either.

"All happy," he said. "In South Africa the sports are managed really well. When a team comes everything is in place and in order. In the same way, when it comes to India, the management, the airlines and the hotels, they go out of their way to make the players comfortable.

"I don't think fatigue will be a real factor. We all enjoy playing the IPL; that's one format where you are not representing your country, and the span of the tournament is slightly longer so you play quite a few games. It's a different exposure. I always felt the platform was good for youngsters because they get to play with some of the best international cricketers. It helps you get a bit fitter also."

India arrived in South Africa after failing to make the Asia Cup final, and before that failing to make the finals of the tri-series in Australia. Their Test side was whitewashed 4-0 in England and Australia as well. Between those tours, though, India won a one-day series at home against England and a Test and one-day series against West Indies. When asked how his term with the side had been so far, Fletcher said "there's been no middle road".

"We've played some very good cricket [in West Indies and at home] and then we've gone on to what I would consider two of the toughest tours you can go on within a short period of time," Fletcher said. "I don't know if any other side has done that: gone to England and Australia within four months.

"There are a lot of young players we are trying to groom, and hopefully it will pay dividends in the future. From our point of view there is a lot of talent around, we need to give them the exposure they require."

Gary Kirsten, the South Africa coach, said the game was going to be difficult for his players, as they would have just had a long flight from New Zealand. "Its going to be tough but I am quite excited. We've got a couple of new guys to have a look at there," he said. "It's diffiuclt, it's the end of the season and it's a one-off game, but I think we are going to keep it pretty lighthearted, if we can stay awake."

Edited by George Binoy

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  • jayrkay on March 30, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Sportmen are not considered , by many, it is livelyhood, just like a doctor,Attorney or even a Vendor. I remmember the days working as an Intern- 24Hrs+.People should rethink about prifessuions-not backyard sports

  • on March 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    A very stupid affair this going to SA for just a 3 hour match to get injured.

  • on March 30, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    This match will be Gary Kirsten vs India as Gary Kirsten will be against his old Team whom he coached till world cup . This will be a nice match

  • zico123 on March 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Dhoni should give up captaincy and wicke keeping in IPL to give his body some rest in the hectic loooong IPL

  • on March 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    it is not for the single game it is for the relation of two very good cricket nations and it would be good for cricket

  • syedmkr on March 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Worst decision to play a single match away from home by the management. Atleast 3 match would be considered meaningful given the distance they travel

  • A..B.. on March 28, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Regarding Fletcher's statement "I don't know if any other side has done that: gone to England and Australia within four months", I don't know if any side has done that but I am pretty sure no side has gone to both those countries and been hammered black and blue by mountains of runs and many an innings. #0-8

  • CaptainKool on March 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    If players don't have any problems them why should some people? Don't watch it if you are not interested. Relax, don't make big issue out of it.

  • JaferChohan on March 28, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I think they should not be playing lots of T20 and focus of test cricket and ODI. It will make a better future for the young ones.

  • RashadBanna on March 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Only a single T20? The Indian players will face the effect with the IPL due to start on the 4th of April. Tired legs, tired minds.

  • jayrkay on March 30, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Sportmen are not considered , by many, it is livelyhood, just like a doctor,Attorney or even a Vendor. I remmember the days working as an Intern- 24Hrs+.People should rethink about prifessuions-not backyard sports

  • on March 30, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    A very stupid affair this going to SA for just a 3 hour match to get injured.

  • on March 30, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    This match will be Gary Kirsten vs India as Gary Kirsten will be against his old Team whom he coached till world cup . This will be a nice match

  • zico123 on March 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Dhoni should give up captaincy and wicke keeping in IPL to give his body some rest in the hectic loooong IPL

  • on March 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    it is not for the single game it is for the relation of two very good cricket nations and it would be good for cricket

  • syedmkr on March 29, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Worst decision to play a single match away from home by the management. Atleast 3 match would be considered meaningful given the distance they travel

  • A..B.. on March 28, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Regarding Fletcher's statement "I don't know if any other side has done that: gone to England and Australia within four months", I don't know if any side has done that but I am pretty sure no side has gone to both those countries and been hammered black and blue by mountains of runs and many an innings. #0-8

  • CaptainKool on March 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    If players don't have any problems them why should some people? Don't watch it if you are not interested. Relax, don't make big issue out of it.

  • JaferChohan on March 28, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I think they should not be playing lots of T20 and focus of test cricket and ODI. It will make a better future for the young ones.

  • RashadBanna on March 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Only a single T20? The Indian players will face the effect with the IPL due to start on the 4th of April. Tired legs, tired minds.

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    It is a kind of EXHIBITION Match.

  • on March 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Waaw what a great statement from the skipper, when you are representing the country you are in fatigue and when you are playing in money bank IPL you won't feel any stress at all. All we know how much the youngsters are benefited from the IPL.

  • backwardpoint on March 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Why a solitary T20, though? Surely the wise men working out the FTP tours would have realised that both teams are away playing and need to travel half the world for this quick rendezvous. Wonder if there is a reason behind this.

  • crikbuff on March 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    This is ideal preparation for the mother of all tournaments - IPL! Now teams will play international matches to warm-up for IPL...

  • senthil25 on March 28, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Atleast 3 T20 will be good, is there any use of one T20(3hrs game) to travel 1000 miles from............?, anyway the two teams will going this as serious match..........so its all waste of time & wate of money....

  • on March 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Seems like, the bug got into the players minds as well. Indian Captain saying that there will not be any fatigue !!! is a big joke. The first excuse they will look into when losing a series abroad is the schedule and the non stop cricket they are playing. Does T20 not come under cricket? Most of the people will agree that this one-off match is for huge benefits both for the players and board, irrespective of the outcome of the match.

    Does any one think that indian cricket board will ever have a one-off test match with pakistan on a neutral venue. Playing a one-off match in the neutral venue atleast helps to increase the cricket publicity, as we can understand that playing this match is purely monetary benefits.

    Shame on Indian Cricket Board who made cricket as a money machine and all the people watching and supporting every match into brainless sheeps.

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  • on March 28, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Seems like, the bug got into the players minds as well. Indian Captain saying that there will not be any fatigue !!! is a big joke. The first excuse they will look into when losing a series abroad is the schedule and the non stop cricket they are playing. Does T20 not come under cricket? Most of the people will agree that this one-off match is for huge benefits both for the players and board, irrespective of the outcome of the match.

    Does any one think that indian cricket board will ever have a one-off test match with pakistan on a neutral venue. Playing a one-off match in the neutral venue atleast helps to increase the cricket publicity, as we can understand that playing this match is purely monetary benefits.

    Shame on Indian Cricket Board who made cricket as a money machine and all the people watching and supporting every match into brainless sheeps.

  • senthil25 on March 28, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Atleast 3 T20 will be good, is there any use of one T20(3hrs game) to travel 1000 miles from............?, anyway the two teams will going this as serious match..........so its all waste of time & wate of money....

  • crikbuff on March 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    This is ideal preparation for the mother of all tournaments - IPL! Now teams will play international matches to warm-up for IPL...

  • backwardpoint on March 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Why a solitary T20, though? Surely the wise men working out the FTP tours would have realised that both teams are away playing and need to travel half the world for this quick rendezvous. Wonder if there is a reason behind this.

  • on March 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Waaw what a great statement from the skipper, when you are representing the country you are in fatigue and when you are playing in money bank IPL you won't feel any stress at all. All we know how much the youngsters are benefited from the IPL.

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    It is a kind of EXHIBITION Match.

  • RashadBanna on March 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Only a single T20? The Indian players will face the effect with the IPL due to start on the 4th of April. Tired legs, tired minds.

  • JaferChohan on March 28, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I think they should not be playing lots of T20 and focus of test cricket and ODI. It will make a better future for the young ones.

  • CaptainKool on March 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    If players don't have any problems them why should some people? Don't watch it if you are not interested. Relax, don't make big issue out of it.

  • A..B.. on March 28, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Regarding Fletcher's statement "I don't know if any other side has done that: gone to England and Australia within four months", I don't know if any side has done that but I am pretty sure no side has gone to both those countries and been hammered black and blue by mountains of runs and many an innings. #0-8