Originally Posted by Arjun
Frankly, the Challenger selections are often debatable. We've seen the original Challenger selections, with the Indian main team, then the reserve team, then newcomers making three sides. It started going wrong when they tried to get some players from India Seniors to other teams to make the series more competitive, maybe to make this 'exhibition series' into a selection platform, and it's not helped. Frankly, two or three matches cannot decide a national team, and the most they can do is give them a workout. If the Indian main team does well, that's good, and if other players do well against them, they may have a chance to make the national team. Frankly, events such as ROD and Deodhat should decide the national team, not this one.
Although I agree with you that the Challenger Trophy matches should not be reason for a national call-up, they give young, talented players a platform to get noticed. After that, it's up to them to perform consistently in domestic cricket and earn a selection. Performing against the best in the nation should certainly mean something, even if it's only in a game or two. This can also be a good time for guys in a position battle to stake a claim. For example, Kaif vs Raina or Uthappa vs Dhawan vs Gambhir or Patel vs RPS vs Sreesanth. Definitely an important tournament.