TALKING POINT: What should an A team look like?

The Bangladesh A squad currently touring England contains only two players uncapped in any form of international cricket. The India A XI who recently played South Africa A in the tri-series contained just two non-internationals and possessed a cumulative 55 Test, 385 One-Day International and 81 international t20 caps. That’s a colossal amount of experience in a shadow side.

By selecting players with considerable experience are some countries ignoring the younger players that could benefit and develop with A-side appearances?

Shihkar Dhawan is nailed on for the full Indian side in all formats after starring in the recent ICC Champions Trophy and making 187 in India’s last, and only, Test outing against Australia. Is he really in need of A team match practice?

Bangladesh make no bones of their A squad being filled with players requiring experience of playing in alien conditions regardless of their history.

When England toured Australia for a 7-match one-day series last winter it was felt their convincing defeat was largely due to a lack of experience in the side. England have recently selected their A side from those younger players next in line.

  • So what is the best way forward?
  • Who has it right?
  • Is international A level a place to blood potential or a platform for those on the periphery regardless of age and experience?

What do you think?

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
As the editor of World Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
He is also the presenter of the Cricket Badger Radio Show on Radio Yorkshire every Tuesday evening between 7-9pm UK time.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author, a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications and a complete cricket badger!

One thought on “TALKING POINT: What should an A team look like?

  1. I think A teams should be for players who are now coming up in the ranks who selectors see have the potential of playing in the main team to prep them for the big stage. Also for players that may have been droped maybe due to lost of form/confidence at the top level to use the A team games to get back their mental and performances back up

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