HYDERABAD, INDIA: This is with reference to your report on the India-West Indies match of the Champions Trophy, in which India decimated their opponents by eight wickets to stroll into the semi-finals. One possible explanation for India’s brilliant show in this tournament is that they are battle-hardened, especially after playing in the Indian Premier League. Also, any Indian player who reaches the top has done so after completely proving himself. Shekhar Dhawan, who scored a superb century in the match, has reached the Test level at the age of 26 and not at the age of 18-20 as was once the case with young Indian cricketers.
On the other hand, since no international team has visited Pakistan for the last four years, the PCB should make an effort to send its players to play county cricket. At any given time, a minimum of 30 players should have overseas engagements. This would help in the grooming of these players, which they are missing out on because of a lack of top-level cricket at home.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.