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India A to tour New Zealand in September

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 6, 2012

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Rohit Sharma finished with four wickets, West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 3rd day, June 4, 2012
India A are presently touring the Caribbean © WICB

India A will tour New Zealand in September, as part of the BCCI's initiative to send the team on two international tours every year before the start of the domestic season.

A Times of India report quoted a BCCI official as saying that the specifics of the tour are yet to be finalised upon. "We are in the process of deciding the number of matches and working on whether the team will play four-day games or three-day ones. The itinerary will be ready in a week or so," the official said. "We will try to make two tours for sure every season. After all, the A team is the feeder line for the senior team."

India A are currently touring the Caribbean, and won their first unofficial Test in Bridgetown on Tuesday by two wickets. The team will play two more four-day games against West Indies A, followed by two Twenty20s and three one-dayers.

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Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Dhawal Kulkarni and Iqbal Abdullah must be feeling unlucky and so would be Ashok Meneria. Agreed the batting department has got good strength but Kulkarni and Abdullah are better bowlers than the current bowling stock

Posted by timohyj on (June 7, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

@arun_padmanabhan, gambhir is hardly a technically solid batsman, his technique is horrible, always poking outside the off stump without moving his feet. His technique is no better than sehwag and at least sehwag scores fast

Posted by AzyS on (June 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

this was long due BCCI.. we should always have an A team playing alongside the national team on the lines of ENGLAND LIONS.. this creates a great feeder system and the players are also always ready and raring to go.. just 2 tours are not enough.. whenever the indian team is touring overseas the A team should also tour with them and train with them and play matches with the overseas A team.. also tours to ireland,scotland,holland,uae,kenya,namibia,canada and afghan[in dubai] will help the associates develop and change the landscape of world cricket..

Posted by throb on (June 7, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

The only thing India A will learn on this tour is to play better cards! Great initiative to send them on tour but seriously NZ in September??

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Good. NZ has some of the toughest batting pitches. Excellent challenge for the young batsmen.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

good it's here these batsmen's mettle will be known.

Posted by PratUSA on (June 6, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Never heard of cricket in month of September in NZ. It's great that 'A' tours are back now. Weather on this NZ tour will be a question mark though.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Ambati Rayadu cannot be in the team.First players need to learn the correct behavior on the field and then should be eleigible to get selected in the team.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Ashok meneria mayank agarwal mandeep should include with dhawal and ikbal abdulla

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (June 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

so, the wounded being has finally woken up..great step ahead for the indian foals..They have to use this opportunity very wisely. I am sure india will get two youngsters for the middle order easily, as there are lots of guys staking serious claim. What the bcci needs to work for is getting a technically solid opener to partner gauti. YES, viru should be chucked out of tests (He will surely perform in the sub-ccontinent, but the need for an old-fashioned opener arises when india go abroad). And also some new talent in fast-bowling. As far as spin is considered, i dont see any new prodiguous talent arising and bcci has to take steps to improve the current lot of ash, ojha, mish, chawla, rahul..cheers!!

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