What your squad needs when going overseas
Playing overseas has been a problem for many teams. Leaving behind your home ground which you know so well to go to a completely new place is never easy. However, it must be done to ensure that fans all over the world can have the pleasure of enjoying International cricket at their home cities. So, saying you are to pick a team to tour another country, here are three things your team should have:
- Experienced Players: When going overseas, having experienced players in your side is always a good thing. Not only will they have had experience in the place you are playing, but also can provide some valuable insights for the rest of your team, and help them do better. It is advisable to have at least one experienced batsman and bowler, if not more. Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, and Greame Smith are some players today who can do this.
- Backups: Injuries can break down a team’s stability, particularly when playing overseas. This is why it is crucial for you to have a strong backup unit in your touring squad, particularly for wicket-keeping. In the case of an injury, this can save a lot that quickly bringing in replacement players might present. This can also be a great help if some players go out of form.
- Young Players: This is a little long term investment. Bringing in a young player or two is always good, as it is their generation who will be the next Indian team. Also, it will be a good learning experience for them to learn how the tracks of different countries are, and do so with the guidance of their seniors. However, these players must be picked very carefully, after observing their performances carefully in both domestic and franchise cricket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one such player who has done well this way.
Another very useful thing would be to allow your players to play franchise cricket in other countries, such as the Big Bash, IPL, and CLT20. This gives them experience in other countries, and under seniors from those specific countries. What better way to gain experience?