Rahul Dravid’s view that Indian players need not play in foreign competition was shared by Zaheer Khan and Ravi Shastri. They say that because there is a strong internal structure, “we should focus on our country rather than looking beyond it.”
There is a perception that Indian players, who are unable to compete in international leagues such as the Big Bash League and the Hundred, are at a disadvantage compared to players from other nations, who have access to a wider variety of playing environments.
After India were defeated by England by 10 wickets in the final semi-final of the T20 World Cup, the debate took hold.
The same opinion has been expressed by former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan who argues that there is no justification for Indian athletes to play in foreign leagues given the country’s already vital domestic system.
“Right now, I can’t think of any other reason why gamers would want to travel to compete in a specific competition,” said Shastri.
He went on to add, “there’s a solid system in place for you nationwide right now. Why rely on other people then? The tools we need to create talented players are many. In an engagement organized by Prime Video, Zaheer said: “And you also look at our strength on the bench. You can basically play with three formations and they will be able to compete at any level.”
“I think there are different procedures in place. It’s about traveling to different nations to discover things, not just playing franchise cricket there. This is something significant, and as you can see from the BCCI shadow tours, I believe these procedures are effective.
“There is enough domestic cricket for all these youngsters to integrate into the system and have a chance.
“There will be an opportunity for the other team to go somewhere else while India is in another country – go play and see what you know they can do,” according to Shstri – plus you get these India A tours and you get many of these other tours. At any moment, two Indian teams could compete in the future.
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