Seniors should participate in domestic tournaments: Nikhil Chopra

Nikhil Chopra expressed that Indian cricket will go a long way under MS Dhoni Getty Images

Agartala: Jul 18, 2011

Former India cricketer Nikhil Chopra on Monday said that Indian team’s prominent players should participate in the domestic tournaments to encourage budding cricketers.

“Prominent national team players must participate in the domestic tournaments so that the budding cricketers get the opportunity to pick up tips from them,” Chopra told the reporters at the Agartala Press Club, who was here to attend a Quiz Completion on World Cup-2011, organised by Daily Desher Katha.

Chopra said that the BCCI should formulate guidelines to bring the national players to domestic tournaments.

Lauding the role of the National Cricket Academy and regional cricket academies in developing cricket, Chopra said there is no dearth of good quality spinners at the national level.

“Everybody wants to be like Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag 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 India won the ICC World Cup, Chopra said the present current team would go a long way under the leadership of MS Dhoni.

Stating that the local players of Tripura need more exposure, Chopra who played a lone Test, said, “While a Tripura player gets an opportunity to play in maximum of three to four Ranji Trophy matches, cricketers from other states get at least six to eight matches in a calendar year.”