Age isn’t a criteria to play in the national team: Sachin Tendulkar

Indian batting maestro and living legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar believes age should not be the ‘criteria’ for selection in the national team. Backing ECB’s decision of taking young Sam Curran and Ollie Pope in the ongoing Test series against India, Tendulkar opined on Tuesday.

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“If somebody is good, he should play for the country and age shouldn’t be the criteria,” he said.

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“When I played my first game, I was only 16. In a way, it only helped. I didn’t know what it was like to face Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir. Possibly, the best bowling attack at the stage,” Tendulkar said in memory of his first international appearance.

The intense contest between England and India in the first Test of the five match Test series ended with England winning by 31 runs.

Tendulkar further said, “You only see one side of the coin as you are young and fearless but with experience and maturity, you start seeing the other side as well to balance things out.”

The second Test will start from 9th August at the Lord’s.

“That is the age when you don’t see anything and just want to do well. There are going to be tough moments but that’s what you play for,” Tendulkar said mentioning about the newly selected English squad members Sam Curran and Ollie Pope.

Both Sam Curran and Ollie Pope are 20 years of age and from Surrey County Cricket Club, has been included in the England squad prior to the second Test encounter against the subcontinent giants.

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