India A teams over the years have generally been selected from a pool of 25-30 of the best players who are either on the verge of getting into the senior team or are making a comeback and using the platform to prove their match fitness.
But in the last few months, the Indian selectors have picked A teams from a larger pool of players. And Kiran More, former chairman of selectors, feels it is a very positive move.
“I feel there is nothing wrong in picking players for the A team from a large pool of players. It means that those who have the quality to play for the country will get more opportunity. Also, sticking to a set of players would mean not looking beyond them. The current policy means everyone gets a fair chance to prove his mettle,” More told Mail Today. The former wicketkeeper also feels that picking the right mix of youth and experience augurs well for both the team as well as the youngsters as they get to learn a lot from seniors.
“I think if the promising youngsters get an opportunity to rub shoulders with the stars of Indian cricket, they will only gain from the experience.
It is good that so many stars have been part of the A teams in recent times,” he said.
But More wants the selectors to ensure that only those players who have a future are considered for the A teams.
“I don’t believe in the theory of age, but definitely those players who are post 30 and don’t have a future shouldn’t be playing for India A. That type of selection would mean blocking the path of a budding youngster,” he signed off.
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