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Old July 25, 2018, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by One World
You do not use A team for developing players or as an High Performance squad. You use your A squad as a backup for national team.

Look at this below link for one of our successful campaign against sub-continental A teams. Notice the structure of A teams of different opponents.
Players should be improving no matter the level so the word development should be relevant at all levels imo.

The job of the A team should primarily be to get the next in line players ready for international cricket, that means get them playing in conditions that are outside of home and against better quality opposition than they are used to so they are learning to play in different conditions and also getting a look at better competition to have a even better idea of where they are at and how they need to improve. Especially for BD because the domestic quality is so far different to international cricket, it doesn’t make sense to not use it to help develop players.

Even in the national team players work on parts of their game.

Of course ideally A team players should be ready for international cricket but tbh that’s not a realistic approach (even for top teams). Each player is different, some get fast tracked, some don’t. A player like Prithvi Shaw, getting fast tracked and doing great, some can’t manage that so they have to have a different path and different approach.
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