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NCA Head Rahul Dravid Backs IPL Expansion, Says ‘We Are Ready For It’

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Mumbai: Former India and Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Rahul Dravid on Friday, said that the lucrative T20 league was ready for expansion.

Dravid made the statement while speaking at the virtual launch of a book, A New Innings, by RR lead owner Manoj Badale and cricketer-turned-broadcaster Simon Hughes.

“From a cricketing talent perspective, we are ready for an expansion. There are some incredible young talents in India that are waiting for the opportunity at the big stage. We have seen it this year. We will see a lot of new faces coming up if they get an opportunity,” Dravid, currently Director of Cricket at the Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“There are some real talents who are not getting opportunities to play in the eleven. We have seen some of the young Indian talents in this IPL. Being involved with the U-19 team, it has been fantastic to see so many of those young boys who have come on and established themselves not only for their state teams but also in the IPL,” he said.

Rahul Dravid pointed out that the reason behind Mumbai Indians’ success in the last few years is the maintenance of a core of high-quality players.

“What Mumbai Indians has done over the last four-five years is that they have maintained a really strong core of high-quality players and mix them up by identifying some really good talented players,” Dravid added, as quoted by Zee News.

“In the past, when young players were looking for opportunities, they only got that from state associations – and could only play for Ranji Trophy for their state. Now in IPL, you can be from Karnataka and can play for Mumbai. A good example is if you are in a state association like Haryana, where they have some good spinners – Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav. Someone like Rahul Tewatia probably doesn’t even get a chance in the T20 team. In the past that would have limited him from showing his talent. Today that does not stop him from playing in Royals,” Dravid further said.

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