India has a vast talent pool : McMillan
Kolkata : Former New Zealand allrounder Craig McMillan on Sunday gave the thumbs up to the Indian selectors for bringing youngsters like Robin Uthappa and Rohit Sharma into the squad to gear up for the day when the old warhorses would be no more available.
While maintaining that it was ‘impossible’ to find replacements for players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, McMillan felt the vast talent pool in India was an advantage for the side.
“I think the selectors have already started to prepare for the future when these players will not be there. They tried that successfully during the Twenty20 World Cup. They are doing that now also.
“It’s true you can’t replace such amazing players. But its good that India has a vast talent pool,” said McMillan, who is here to attend the week-long preparatory camp of the Kolkata Tigers, one of the six teams due to participate in the Indian Cricket League’s Twenty20 venture.
McMillan was, however, sharply critical of the BCCI for banning players who join the ICL.
“It’s a terrible thing that the Indian cricket board is saying these cricketers can’t play for the country. It’s disappointing that the BCCI even tried to stop us (those joining ICL) from playing cricket,” McMillan told PTI.
With the Cricket Association of Bengal not allowing the ICL to host matches at the Eden Gardens, McMillan said it was another cause of disappointment for him as he had never turned out in the famed stadium.