London, Apr 10 (ANI): Former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash has said that county cricket may lack outstanding stars like in the 1980s but they have a higher all-round standard now with plenty of young talent.
Predicting that several players playing in the County Championship may be selected for Tests later in the summer, Ramprakash said that England will go into the Ashes with talented players who have come through the county system, the Mirror reports.
Although he believed that the County Championship may be lacking some of the star names that decorated it in the 1980s, Ramprakash, however, said that current first-class cricket, especially in Division One, is of a higher all-round standard, with some tough, talented cricketers that know the conditions and provide a formidable challenge to the opposition.
According to Ramprakash, although there were outstanding cricketers like Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee or Ian Botham in the 1980s, every county now have a decent squad of players, so if someone is injured or taken away by England there is no weak link coming in to replace them. (ANI)