Too much U-19 cricket dangerous, says Dravid

Too much U-19 cricket dangerous, says Dravid

Prithvi Shaw in the India Under-19 team for the upcoming Asia Cup, asking him to play in the Ranji Trophy

Dravid, the coach of the India U-19 and ‘A’ teams, wants a fine balance between age-group cricket and exposure to the first-class stage. “At the moment, we definitely want him (Prithvi) to be part of the U-19 World Cup team in January. It’s also important to represent your country at the junior level,” Dravid stated on Tuesday.

For Dravid, U-19 can’t be a habit for a player. “One of the things I realised when I took over the U-19 team was people stay on and play too much of Under-19, which is dangerous,” the former India captain said.

“Guys like Washington Sundar, Zeeshan Ansari, Mahipal Lomror and Armaan Jaffer have all been picked in their first-class sides. That is a positive for me. Even the state associations are looking ahead. They are not forcing them to play U-19 cricket.”

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