Having himself made a debut at the age of just 16, the great Sachin Tendulkar genuinely believes that ability should be the biggest consideration for someone's selection into the national side. Tendulkar, present at the opening ceremony of his cricket academy in partnership with Middlesex County Club, has now reiterated that age should not be a barrier at all when it comes to selecting a good young player at the International arena.
Just now England reaped the rewards of going beyond such obstacles. 20-year-old Sam Curran was picked to play just his second Test at the biggest of stages against the no.1 ranked Test side and he made the all-round matchwinning impact by taking 5 wickets and scoring crucial 67 runs at Edgbaston.
Tendulkar talked about the matter and told ESPNcricinfo, “If somebody is good, he should play for the country. Age should never (be) the criteria,”
He added, “When I was selected to play my first game (against Pakistan in 1989) I was 16. In a way it helped. I did not know what it was to play against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Qadir, possibly the best attack of those times. You will only see one side of the corner and with experience and maturity you see the other side of the corner to balance things out,”
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)