India captain M S Dhoni might have refused to blame IPL for his team’s shambolic show in the five-Test series against England, but former English skipper Michael Vaughan feels the young Indian players must come out of the cash-rich league’s shadow and play county cricket.
“The Board Of Control for Cricket in India has some tough calls to make. My main recommendation is to get their players to play county cricket,” Vaughan wrote in his column for ‘Daily Telegraph’.
Vaughan said it was important for the Indian youngsters to learn to play in English conditions for their overall development as cricketers.
“Young Indian players need exposing to a wider world outside the pampering and riches of the Indian Premier League.
They need to learn how to bat and bowl in our conditions,” said the former captain.
“All the greats of the past 30 years had spells in county cricket. It would do their development a great deal of good to come here,” he added.
India’s woeful performances touched a new low as they succumbed to their heaviest Test defeat (an innings and 244 runs) in 40 years in a match that got over well inside three days at the Oval, gifting away the series to England 3-1.
Vaughan yesterday took criticism to another level after he posted a ‘white flag’ on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag following Dhoni and Co’s abject surrender at the Oval.