I‘It is about picking capable players’: Sachin Tendulkar says ‘age should not be a criteria’ for team selection. India legend Sachin Tendulkar believes the Indian team should not keep age as a way of deciding on a T20 World Cup team. The T20I World Cup is expected to be held in India later this year, as there is a heavy international schedule, raising questions as to whether voters should retain an experienced team in the tournament, or give the youth a chance.
Tendulkar told the news agency that what he wants to make clear here is that it’s not just about selecting the youngest. He said that It’s about selecting talented players, you’re talking about an Indian cricket team, age should not be the way it is.
He also added saying that it’s about what you can bring and that’s what’s important, not age. If one can play and may not be a young cricketer, but if you can play you should be playing for India.
He says that speaking of the youth, if you can do well he deserves it. But if he can’t play, maybe there’s an option. It’s not just how old he is, it’s a misconception that he should be encouraging the youth. I feel we should be choosing the top 11.
Tendulkar also said that they should have chosen our best team of 14-15 and the best balance is known to the selection committee and it should be left to them.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who played their first game in India in the ongoing T20I series against England, made a name for themselves in a short span of time. Tendulkar said the reason for their success was because they had played and competed against top players in the IPL for many years.
Tendulkar said that for Suryakumar and Ishan, they both did very well, they didn’t look out of place and there’s a reason for that. They’ve also played against all these people many times. Yesterday, one of them analysts said Surya played Archer and Stokes like that of Rajasthan Royals.
For them, when he went to Pakistan and Australia, he played all those first bowlers and that was world class, so here’s a good thing to play with the top players in the IPL and then play with them in India, the big difference, you know what to expect from them and that’s what happened.
He also signed that it is the beauty of our building and we can see that the power of our bench is really good.