A topic that comes up frequently and in most cases the consensus appears to be against giving younger players a potential 3 week holiday and be exposed to the elite of the nation in training when they could be plying their trade in the domestic competition.
So what are some of the issues that crop up:
-Learn about working away from home for an extended period, you will need to develop a good routine to make it at the top level.
-Homeostasis, I think we can all attest to times when we have been in the presence of an 'expert' and learnt something new about a fundamental. They often have tacit knowledge of this that is passed on via demonstration, staying at FC level doesn't provide this option. (WI may be an example, no shortage of ATGs but words alone can't keep the tradition alive).
-Sports Psychology has moved on from the 'guts and determination' era towards new positions on performance management. Every sport in the world now looks to develop juniors differently than before so it isn't just about being 'worthy' as we once understood the term. AFL a classic example, kids with greater ability are chosen over older average players because a good system taps into potential, in time this process leads to a stronger overall side.
-FC cricket 'ain't what she used to be'
-Plenty of cases of players who got their big break before their time, this whole issue partly fueled by the neurosis of the 'stats' men who want to break careers into mk.I II and III and engage in battles over their pet player.
-Could be wasting time with this player.
-Sends a bad signal to other players in the FC comp who are putting up the numbers but are overlooked for various reasons.
-An injury could lead to a team being caught out in a vital test.
-Steve Smith FTW!
-Places a lot of pressure on a youngster to perform when arriving back home, may stiffle career.
-Time in the middle is the life of a cricketer, competiting is how to develop.
On balance I think I am in favour of bringing a player across on a shorter tour during a home summer. Has to be balanced against injury proneness of the first XI.