Originally Posted by jeesh
How do you know they dont have talent? Do you follow cricket here? Also dont forget not all good players come from Under 19. Anamul and Mominul are probably the two serious talent coming from our system. All others-long way to go. You will find hundreds of Taskins in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka can unearth players from out of the blue, players much much better than ours. So lets not get carried away with our Under 19 success. THeres a lot of work to be done
I'm sure there are hundreds of Taskins of India and thousands in Pakistan. But are there even 100 cricketers in Sri Lanka?
I agree SL have a habit of unearthing cricketers from nowhere and that guys like Dilly and Sanath bloomed very late whereas our youngsters are inexplicably finished by 25. But you can't deny our age group talent - which is greater than SL's. Age group strenght is a very good indicator of the innate, raw, untapped talent that exists in a country. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are equally poor at senior level, but the gulf at U19 level as big as the gap between BD and India. What does that tell you? It means that somewhere between U-19 level and senior level there is a brick wall in Bangladesh. If SL continue to be a formidable team well into this decade, then it means they have a trampoline. If SL becomes a team like NZ or WI - that is, not anywhere near even the 4th or 5th ranked side but even more distant from the likes of top associates/ZIM - then it means that SL had the benefit of a golden few generations of playersin the 90s and 2000s to reach the WC finalses and stuff.
Lets just see if SL can sustain it.