Pick T20 World Cup Team Based on Merit, Age is Not Sole Criteria: Sachin Tendulkar
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has said that merit, and not age, should be the criteria for selecting team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Speaking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of the Road Safety World Series, the 47-year-old said: “One thing I would like to clarify here is that it is not just about picking youngsters. It is about picking capable players, you are talking about the Indian cricket team, age should not be criteria.”
“It is about what you are able to deliver and that is what matters, not age. If somebody is able to perform and may not be a young cricketer, but if you are able to perform you should be playing for India,” he added.
“Talking about youngsters, if you are able to perform then he rightfully deserves it. But if he is not able to perform, then maybe there are options you can look at. It is just not about age, it is a misconception that you should promote youngsters. I feel we should be picking our best 11.”We should be picking our best 14-15 member squad and the best balance is known to the selection committee and it should be left to them,” Tendulkar further said.
Having outsmarted England in challenging conditions, a confident India will back themselves to win the series-decider here on Saturday and take another firm step towards finalising their core for the T20 World Cup.India, who went into the series with a fresh and fearless approach in the shortest format, find themselves well-placed in their preparations for the mega event at home later this year, irrespective of what happens in the fifth game.