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Seniors still have a role in ODIs: Kirsten

cricket Updated: Jun 09, 2008 21:55 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan
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India coach Gary Kirsten said his young team was geared up for another battle with Pakistan, who go into the match on Tuesday with an emphatic 70-run victory against Bangladesh.

But the archrivals are aware of what the Indians are capable of. "They are in form, aren't they?" Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson said. "It will be a big clash and I am sure it will be a high quality game. I hope everything goes right."

"Our guys will play with high intensity and the motivation to represent the country against Pakistan," were Kirsten's words.

The South African did not accept this was the start of a new phase in Indian cricket where the juniors would hold away. "Not necessarily," he said.

"You know that there are some senior players available to play one-day cricket for India. It is not that they will not be considered anymore. They are very much part of it. It is an exciting phase to try some young players. They are keen to show that they are capable of playing in big situations like what we saw in the IPL. Every team in the world will go through a transition period.

If we can mix it up with a bit of experience and make sure that in certain tournaments like this we play with our younger players, we will certainly go for that," Kirsten said. He advised the youngsters "to create an environment where they express themselves. They have the talent and potential. We, as support staff, will have to ensure that they are comfortable in this environment. They are representing their country and there are big stakes that go with that".