IND vs NZ: Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan share their thoughts on whether it is important for Indian players to play overseas franchise leagues


Former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri and former India National Cricket Team pacer Zaheer Khan have shared their views on whether it is important for the Indian players to participate in the overseas franchise competitions.

Following India’s exit from the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, several cricket experts suggested that the Indian players should participate in overseas franchise leagues such as BBL and The Hundred to gain more experience of the different conditions and also believed that the Indian players falling behind. due to their heavy reliance on the Indian Premier League (IPL) marquee.

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Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Shastri shared his views on the matter and said that there is no need for the Indian players to participate in the overseas franchise leagues and they can participate in the Indian Premier League, domestic cricket and India just fine. A guided tours.

He said: “There is enough domestic cricket for all these players to blend into the system and get a chance. Moreover, you will get this India A tours. You get a lot of these other tours when you might have two Indian teams playing in the future.

“They play absolutely fine IPL cricket and focus on domestic cricket. We need them to play domestic cricket in India as well.”

Ravi Shastri further agreed with VVS Laxman’s suggestion that the T20 format will see more specialized players in the future.

Shastri stated: “I think that’s the way forward. VSS is right. They will identify specialists, especially in young people. In the future, that should be the mantra. Identify (players) and make that Indian team a great field team.

“And, of course, identify the roles for these youngsters, who can be fearless and go out and play that kind of cricket without any baggage.”

I don’t see any other reason for players to enter a particular tournament at this point – Zaheer Khan

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Former India National Cricket Team left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, while sharing his view on the much-discussed issue, claimed that the BCCI has a good system and there is no need for the Indian players to participate in overseas franchise competitions.

He claimed: “You’ve seen with BCCI, with their shadow travels, I think the process is well in place. I don’t see any other reason for players to play in a particular tournament at this point. What you have now – domestic cricket – is also a robust structure. Why depend on others? We have more than enough resources to deliver good players.

“You also look at our bank strength. That’s a classic example of seeing things. You can pretty much play three lineups and they will be able to compete on any level. We need to focus on our country instead of looking outward.”

Zaheer Khan further spoke about India’s bowling combination for India tour of New Zealand in 2022.

He said: “There will certainly be four-seam options, I think, given the conditions and over the years everything we’ve seen in New Zealand. Most pitches will support fast bowling and that should be the basic thought process.

“I think the younger Umran, it will be a good exposure for him. Looking at the conditions and how it can cater to you as a bowler, Umran is someone who has been given a great opportunity on this tour.

The 2022 India Tour of New Zealand, which consists of a three-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series, kicks off on Friday 18 November with a T20I match between the Hardik Pandya-led side and the Kane Williamson & Co at the Sky Stadium, Wellington.

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Zaheer Khan
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