India doing what Australia could not at their peak: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq credited Indian domestic cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) for having a large pool of players, as big as close to 50, ready to take field.
Former Pakistan captain and chief selector of the National side, Inzamam-ul-Haq said India is doing what even Australia couldn’t do at their peak. He was talking about India playing Test series in England with the senior team and playing one-day series against Sri Lanka with the second string of players, both at the same time.
Inzamam in his latest episode on his YouTube channel, Inzamam ul Haq – The Match Winner thought that both senior and second-string Indian sides are of equal strength. Excerpts –
“This idea of assembling a second Indian team is very interesting. What India is trying to do today, Australia did this years ago, but they were not able to be successful in it. India appears to be pulling it off. For the first time, I think it is happening that a national cricket team will be playing two different series. One side in one country and the other side in some other country, and both are national teams,” Inzamam said.
Australia tried to do the same but failed and making two Indian teams due to logistical reasons makes sense, Inzamam observed.
“When Australia was at their peak. From 1995 to say 2005-2010, they had tried to distinguish two international teams named Australia A and Australia B, but they didn’t get permission. India is doing what even Australia couldn’t do in their peak. And the move makes sense given the isolation protocols and everything, and it couldn’t have been possible to send the same team to both countries in such a gap,” he added.
In a video of a little over six minutes, a Pakistani legend stated that India has prepared 50 guys who are ready to play for the national team, such amazing is the domestic structure of Indian cricket.
“India at this time has so much strength that they are capable of doing this. Their pool of players is so huge that they are able to manage this. If you look at the players who would be traveling to Sri Lanka, it would appear as if this is India’s main team, such is their bench strength,” Inzamam said.
“India has improved their First-Class structure and then there is the IPL as well that has helped assemble two different teams at the same time. It’s almost as if India has prepared 50 guys who are ready to play for the national team,” he added.
India will play six Test matches in England including the World Test Championship Finals against New Zealand from June 18 to 22 followed by a five-match Test series against England. India will also face Sri Lanka limited over series of three ODI’s and T20I’s each in July with a second string of players.