India Down Under: A jumbo squad could possibly be good concept, says MSK Prasad

New Delhi, July 24

A compulsory 14-day quarantine interval in Adelaide earlier than the beginning of India’s marquee Test collection in opposition to Australia may immediate the BCCI to ship a jumbo squad very like the West Indies and Pakistan in England, feels former chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.

According to Prasad, it is likely to be a good suggestion to have at the least a 26-strong squad for the tour Down Under the place each India and the ‘A’ group could possibly be clubbed collectively for a month.

Pakistan are travelling with a squad of 29 (together with white-ball specialists) whereas the West Indies have 26 on their roster with a purpose to keep the COVID-19 protocols in England.

“The team management and seniors will have an opportunity to look at the youngsters who are knocking the doors,” stated Prasad, who until February was choice committee head.

“In this process, you can also monitor those players who can be the potential guys for different spots in future,” Prasad stated.

A squad of 26 will make sure that India may be divided into two teams and a warm-up sport could possibly be performed in the course of the quarantine interval.

“Since we cannot trust the net bowlers about their exposure to COVID, it would be ideal to go with a large contingent as we can be assured of all the players’ safety as they will be in a bio-secure environment,” Prasad reasoned.

“In case someone tests COVID positive, then the players from this contingent can be picked as they would have served the mandatory quarantine period,” he added.

Prasad opined that will probably be a wholesome preparation for the primary group because the first-choice batsmen may have all kinds of bowlers at their disposal.

“Even for our fundamental bowlers, they’ll have contemporary batsmen to bowl at in contrast to the identical bunch of first group boys. For occasion, Shreyas Iyer may be very aggressive and at occasions may be unorthodox. So, he may supply number of expertise which the Australian batsman may possess,” he stated.

“On the other hand, left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed’s presence will help in preparing for Mitchell Starc’s angled deliveries,” Prasad added.

A superb bunch of reserve quick bowlers could be excellent as the primary group bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will not get drained within the nets within the absence of web bowlers.

The different motive to hold an enormous squad is that Sunil Joshi’s panel won’t have a reference body as there could be no home cricket earlier than the beginning of Ranji Trophy.

If there isn’t a home cricket occurring then taking a big group of gamers will assist the ultimate squad when it comes to high quality preparation main as much as the Test collection, reckons Prasad.

“Also, if IPL is going to happen prior to this series then carrying a large contingent is better as we need to be ready with back-ups in case somebody gets injured or is carrying the niggles from the IPL.”

But there are just a few disadvantages additionally and Prasad cited a few them.

“The only tough part that we will be facing because of this large contingent is managing such a large pool of players. To provide quality practise sessions to all of them will also be a challenge,” stated Prasad.

The different motive is that save for Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari – the 2 unsold Test gamers in IPL – others should change from T20 to Test mode.

“If IPL goes to occur previous to this collection then majority of those gamers would have performed in it after which carrying additional gamers may turn out to be a debatable situation,” he stated.

“But let’s not forget that IPL is only a T20 tournament which may not be ideal preparation for Test series,” stated Prasad. PTI

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