Originally Posted by Arjun
Until the scorecards come online, let's look at the series in comparison with the IPL. We know that the IPL teams didn't bond well together, as they had spent little time as a team. Yet, there's a proposal to induct more foreign players in IPL teams, which will only compound the problem. That's a suggestion coming from the largely lacklustre T20 performances of the Indian players. On the other hand, the Diamond Eagles, with no regular internationals with them, came as far as the league stage, while Trini, inexperienced, with no overseas players, reached the finals. In such a case, do you consider the induction of Indian Domestic T20 teams instead of IPL teams a better idea?
No, I do not feel that it would be a better idea, as the IPL is our premier domestic competition. I do believe that teams must merely be more shrewd in the Indian talent, they pick. This is something which will be infinitely assisted by the ICL exodus. The ICL exodus is going to release a good deal of strong Indian domestic talent who are going to now be well versed in the T20 format; this will strengthen the IPL teams greatly. I believe that it would be a 'straw man' to attribute the failure of the teams to the foreign quota. Instead I feel it is, the connected but different, refusal of the management to look closely at the Indian talent which makes up seven of each playing XI. The key performers in this tournament must be taken more seriously and given long term opportunities to perform in the IPL, as it is those who will form the backbone of the teams. Players like Niraj Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, who are scoring runs in next to every game must be taken more seriously than the Mohammad Kaifs (not an ideal example, but the point is still there) who lack consistency but not reputation. Teams should look to a Sangwan over someone like Salvi, who has not played much domestic cricket in the recent years and is a poor bowler, despite the past India caps. With a single team system (the state system) which runs through the entire season, the esteemed performers are more apparent to management and selectors, but I believe that shrewd management can account for this with informed selections.