Rahul Dravid © PTI
Rahul Dravid © PTI

India coach Rahul Dravid said on Thursday that the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is a perfect platform for the overall development of young cricketers from all over the world. The upcoming edition of the tournament will be played in Bangladesh with Ireland replacing Australia, who had backed out due to security reasons. Dravid, who never played the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup says that the tournament gives the cricketers an excellent chance t o learn from the other participating countries. FULL COVERAGE: ICC UNDER-19 CRICKET WORLD CUP 2016

Dravid was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC), “It is a great opportunity for young players to be able to get exposure to the demands of international cricket. The event provides an opportunity to grow and learn, meet cricketers from other countries who you may go on to play against at the senior level for many years.” ALSO READ: ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016: Match referees, umpires announced

Dravid added, “Touring at a young age exposes you to the outside world and helps you explore and understand various cultures. That will go a long way in the development of a cricketer.”

The upcoming tournament in Bangladesh will be the 11th edition of the Under-19 World Cup, and it will be played from January 27 to February 14, featuring nine Test-playing countries and seven Associate and Affiliate Members. The other members are Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

The former Indian captain says with South Africa winning the trophy last time around in 2012, it is good to see that there are other countries who are catching up. “There are so many young people playing cricket in these countries. There is obviously a good system to unearth talent. In India, these youngsters get to play a lot of matches each year which helps to develop their game. But the last tournament was won by South Africa, which shows other nations are catching up too.”

Dravid also hopes that the coaches in the tournament teach their wards to take success and failures in the right manner. “These young players should not take the tournament as the crowning achievement of their careers but just a stepping stone for bigger things, like playing in the senior World Cup. They should enjoy the tournament and learn the nuances of the game and what needs to be done to perform in a competitive environment.”