India news June 6, 2012

India A to tour New Zealand in September

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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??

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT

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

  • on June 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

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

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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??

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT

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

  • on June 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

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

  • 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!!

  • neerajprasher on June 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    raina,yusuf uthappa should be playing with them.they all need to prove themself to make a place in indian team.raina always in indian team cos of dhoni.

  • on June 6, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    I think with this regard, even tours to associate nations like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, UAE and Scotland should also help. While Ireland, Zimbabwe and Scotland would test the players with pace, bounce, and harshly cold conditions, conditions in Kenya and the UAE would be ideal to prepare for turning tracks. Whats more, the associates would also benefit a great deal experience wise, thereby getting much needed exposure. I appreciate the BCCI move to have atleast 2 tours in a season. However places like England, Australia and South Africa have been less welcoming on A tours. It needs to be seen whether the BCCI can flex its financial muscle there or not.

  • SajinVarghese on June 6, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Give Badrinath a chance........................

  • tambolisamir on June 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Team must include Awana, Mandip Singh.

  • DEV_ME on June 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    This is most welcome. Infact, the India A team should be pitched agaisnt all the visiting international teams also, some thing in line with the "Presidents XI" of the earlier days. I only hope that the selection committee pays more attention to the type of bowlers being included. Every Indai A tour should try out both left and right arm spinners (wrist and finger), give a break to the young fast bowlers. No point in including medium pacers, because, as it is when our 'fast' bowlers get selected in the National Squad, they drop their speed and become medium pacers.

  • on June 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great initiative by BCCI. Indian "A" Team with all the fringe players should get an opportunity to tour and play in all the Test Playing Countries especially in Australia and England which will serve the Indian Team if we are to reclaim our No 1 Position.

  • akshaysabnis on June 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Gr8 going BCCI. Hope the Aussie and English and SAf tours are organised often......

  • Ramakrish86 on June 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Fine prospects for Team India in future. This concept of touring junior team will boost the confidence of young cricketers. The BCCI should also look at producing Fast Bowlers. This is the main area to look into. surely india is in way back in fast bowling resources.

  • rajesh_sehwag on June 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Great initiation by bcci. should arrange more tours for the A and the u-19 teams for the players to know where they stand.Also throws light on their mettle, if they are ready for their promotion if and when required.Also a huge opportunity for us audience to see how are our future stars like.

  • agam99 on June 6, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Gr8 work BCCI...good chance for youngsters

  • on June 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    wer is ambati rayadu in India A team..

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  • on June 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    wer is ambati rayadu in India A team..

  • agam99 on June 6, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Gr8 work BCCI...good chance for youngsters

  • rajesh_sehwag on June 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Great initiation by bcci. should arrange more tours for the A and the u-19 teams for the players to know where they stand.Also throws light on their mettle, if they are ready for their promotion if and when required.Also a huge opportunity for us audience to see how are our future stars like.

  • Ramakrish86 on June 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Fine prospects for Team India in future. This concept of touring junior team will boost the confidence of young cricketers. The BCCI should also look at producing Fast Bowlers. This is the main area to look into. surely india is in way back in fast bowling resources.

  • akshaysabnis on June 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Gr8 going BCCI. Hope the Aussie and English and SAf tours are organised often......

  • on June 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great initiative by BCCI. Indian "A" Team with all the fringe players should get an opportunity to tour and play in all the Test Playing Countries especially in Australia and England which will serve the Indian Team if we are to reclaim our No 1 Position.

  • DEV_ME on June 6, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    This is most welcome. Infact, the India A team should be pitched agaisnt all the visiting international teams also, some thing in line with the "Presidents XI" of the earlier days. I only hope that the selection committee pays more attention to the type of bowlers being included. Every Indai A tour should try out both left and right arm spinners (wrist and finger), give a break to the young fast bowlers. No point in including medium pacers, because, as it is when our 'fast' bowlers get selected in the National Squad, they drop their speed and become medium pacers.

  • tambolisamir on June 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Team must include Awana, Mandip Singh.

  • SajinVarghese on June 6, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Give Badrinath a chance........................

  • on June 6, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    I think with this regard, even tours to associate nations like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, UAE and Scotland should also help. While Ireland, Zimbabwe and Scotland would test the players with pace, bounce, and harshly cold conditions, conditions in Kenya and the UAE would be ideal to prepare for turning tracks. Whats more, the associates would also benefit a great deal experience wise, thereby getting much needed exposure. I appreciate the BCCI move to have atleast 2 tours in a season. However places like England, Australia and South Africa have been less welcoming on A tours. It needs to be seen whether the BCCI can flex its financial muscle there or not.