Former Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has suggested that the top cricketing nations must send their A teams to associate and affiliate countries in Europe and other parts of the world to help develop the game.
Tendulkar feels that by sending such second string teams, it will be a two-way advantage with players of both the nations gaining crucial match practice.
“I also feel that the leading teams, if they can send their A teams to these countries and make them play matches,” Tendulkar said at Spartan International’s global launch in London.
“Because if our second string team goes and plays cricket in Ireland, Scotland or Holland and various parts of the world, what it does is the second string (players) are preparing if they are selected to play for India.
“They are not exposed in front of an international team in foreign conditions.”
By giving the associate and affiliate teams more match practice against the second string sides of the top nations, Tendulkar believes it will further the development of the game in those countries.
“What also it does is, every four years these teams qualify to play world cup and the rest of the world expects them to perform at a particular level.
“It does not happen like that. It needs a lot of match practice.
“So to keep these teams constantly engaged in competitive activities is really important.
“That is when they will absorb that pressure and perform at international level cricket and they will be able to perform better in ICC World Cup tournaments which come every four years.
“So I find if we can give more opportunities, not with the top teams but if the A teams and the B teams can go and play against them, the standard of playing will get better.”
Tendulkar has teamed up with Spartan International as an investor and member of the advisory board and he will launch a new range of products in October.
© Cricket World 2016