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    I'd say about 85% of them are from the subcontinent on that list. Is there a reason why subcontinent teams are so willing to blood players so young?

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    Necessity. Because their older players are rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Fake birth certificates.
    Yeah, I've never believed that Afridi was born in 1980.

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    It's not necessarily that they're fake, it's just that in countries like Pakistan birth certificates and birthdays aren't anything important, so they don't get followed. I've spoken to people who have played international under 19 cricket and they said that they were just playing against a bunch of 30 year olds when they played Pakistan.

    With India it's not so much the case. Don't know why it is more of them come through in their teens.
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    joking aside, we are getting too precious with holding kids back. the real superstars of any sport get to the highest levels as young as possible, it aids their development
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    Players from the subcontinent are more naturally gifted obviously. Other players are just coached into being good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    It's not necessarily that they're fake, it's just that in countries like Pakistan birth certificates and birthdays aren't anything important, so they don't get followed. I've spoken to people who have played international under 19 cricket and they said that they were just playing against a bunch of 30 year olds when they played Pakistan.

    With India it's not so much the case. Don't know why it is more of them come through in their teens.
    Dunno, India's a very big country.

    I bet in some of the more rural areas that not all births are assiduously registered.

    Praveen Kumar was supposedly 24 when he toured here in 2011, but looked closer to 40.
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    They like to be edgier with selections than other nations, and more rural poorer nations have dodgy birth certificates IIRC.

    I mean, does anyone actually believe Afridi was 16 when he scored a 37-ball ton?
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    Aaqib Javed toured here as a 16 year old, came back a year later for an ODI tourney and was 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Players from the subcontinent are more naturally gifted obviously. Other players are just coached into being good.
    Adding to this, most of our players that have a stint in the CC come back with a marked improvement in their skills. If we had the resources they have we'd be #1 all the time, and if other countries had ours they'd be ****.

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    the search for the next Sachin maybe? Perhaps the subcontinent doesn't believe in Micheal Hussey's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Adding to this, most of our players that have a stint in the CC come back with a marked improvement in their skills. If we had the resources they have we'd be #1 all the time, and if other countries had ours they'd be ****.
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    It's the truth and deep down everyone knows it. Look at Afghanistan for example.

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