Prominent players should play in domestic tourney: Chopra

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 12:41 PM IST

Agartala: Former Test cricketer Nikhil Chopra has said that Team India’s prominent players should participate in the domestic tournaments to encourage budding cricketers.

"Budding cricketers nurture the wish that the prominent young sportspersons participate in the domestic cricket circuit so that an upcoming player gets the opportunity to pick up tips from the famed cricketer," Chopra told the media at the Agartala Press Club.

Chopra expressed the view that the BCCI should formulate guidelines to bring the prominent players to domestic tournaments.

Lauding the role of the National Cricket Academy and regional cricket academies in developing cricket, Chopra said there is dearth of good quality spinner at the national level.

"Everybody wants to be like Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Shewag or Rahul Dravid as cricket has become a batsman-centric game. Very few cricketers want to become a Harbhajan Singh," he pointed out.

Observing cricket has virtually touched the hearts of millions after Team India won the ICC World Cup -2011, he said the present World Cup winning team would go a long way under the leadership of M S Dhoni.

Chopra said more exposure appeared important for the local players in Tripura.

"When a Tripura player gets the opportunity to play in maximum three to four Ranji Trophy matches, cricketers from outside the state get at least six to eight matches in a calendar year," he pointed out.

Chopra was here to attend a Quiz Completion on World Cup-2011, organized by `Daily Desher Katha`, the mouthpiece of ruling CPI-M in Tripura.

PTI