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Another ‘A’ up BCCI’s sleeve

India A recently toured Australia for a couple of four-day games before clinching a quadrangular one-day series.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: August 14, 2014 10:40 am

In order to find fresh talent and strengthen India’s bench, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to have more India A tours in the coming year.

India A recently toured Australia for a couple of four-day games before clinching a quadrangular one-day series. Kerala’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was the find of the tour and the national selection committee promptly rewarded the youngster with a place in the senior team for the forthcoming ODI and T20 leg of the England tour.

However, the Indian board is now considering giving exposure to more players and wants an India A side which features young cricketers who haven’t been part of it before.

“If you see, the same set of players have been turning up for India ‘A’ for the past few years. While they have clicked together, at the same time we have another big pool of players waiting in the wings. We are thinking of having another India A team where only those players will be considered who have never been part of India’s second-rung team. These players will be Ranji performers or under-23 performers. With this we can get more talent and improve our bench strength,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.

Last year, West Indies A and New Zealand A travelled to India. Now the Indian board is considering sending the team to Sri Lanka and South Africa. “It’s just a plan. We have a tight calendar every season but we will discuss this in the working committee meeting,” the official added.

CA wants to tie-up with NCA

It is also learnt that Cricket Australia wants to have an exchange programme with India’s National Cricket Academy. Former India coach Greg Chappell, who was in Bangalore as Cricket Australia’s talent manager, spoke with NCA director Brijesh Patel about it. However, the talks are still on. CA, it is understood, wants its cricketers and coaches to visit the facility in Bangalore and is, in turn, willing to host Indian players.

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