India U19 coach Rahul Dravid tweaks selection policy

India U19 coach Rahul Dravid tweaks selection policy

The former Indian skipper feels that a few players need growing up in the Indian team.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Aryan Juyal was a part of the bench for the Indian U19 team that lifted the trophy in 2019. The Indian team under their charismatic coach Rahul Dravid has become a formidable force in recent times, especially given the fact that there is an overflow of talent in the junior levels of cricket in the country. With the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Abhishek Sharma making claims to their place in the side, it is clear that not all players however talented will make it to the side.

However, in recent times, Dravid has come out and tweaked his selection policy stating that some of the boys need a bit more grooming. A senior BCCI official close to the team has come out and stated that the former India skipper has indeed stated that a few tweaks need to be made to the selection policy to give more opportunities to younger players in international cricket.

“The decision has been taken by Dravid and the junior selection committee together. There is no hard and fast rule about repeating players after a U-19 World Cup,” a top BCCI official said.

‘Some of the boys need a lot more grooming’

The BCCI official added that some of the players needed more grooming and that the pool of players needed strengthening. He also added that some of the players needed a smoother transition from junior to sernoir level cricket.

“Dravid feels that some of the boys need a bit more of grooming. These boys don’t make it to the senior teams straight away. It will only help to strengthen the pool of players,” the official added.

Aryan Juyal, who started the U19 World Cup earlier this year as the first wicket-keeper, has been named the captain of the one-day side and will be the deputy to Anuj Rawat in the four-day games. Rawat, was also a part of the U19 team leading to the World Cup.

“There was a belief that Juyal actually didn’t play the entire World Cup. The ones in the previous batch had played the entire tournament except for Zeeshan,” the official said.

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