Indian cricket has always been considered as one of the most talented teams around. But they also carried the tag of being “Tigers at home but lambs abroad”.
This mentality is slowly starting to change and it started under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. But to be considered a champion team you need to be winning consistently. This fact has now been accepted by the cash rich and powerful BCCI.
They have understood the importance of grass root grooming and better infrastructure facilities for training. BCCI has now slowly started to rebuild the stadiums across the country so that they have the latest state of the art facilities.
But no training can substitute actual match practise. So in order to have a great bench strength, BCCI has now started organizing India ‘A’ tours so that the reserves can get a feel of alien conditions abroad and they are ready to play at the biggest stage when called upon. Recently there was an ‘A’ tour to South Africa where the team performed very well and the youngsters got a feel of the bouncy conditions. It was followed by a series with NZ A side at home and currently a series is going on woth the WI A side.
Such tours gives confidence to the youngsters that they are in the scheme of things of the selectors and gives them the reason to compete for places in the Indian team. There is also the IPL and Champions league where youngsters get a taste of high speed T20 games and a chance to rub shoulders with great International cricketers.
All in all it is a win-win situation for Indian cricket.
We hope that the BCCI will continue with this initiate and keep spending their large corpus judiciously.