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Viru to selectors: Make IPL a benchmark

Indian Premier League's Twenty20 format may not attract purists but selectors should consider IPL performance before picking the Indian squad for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan, according to Virender Sehwag.

cricket Updated: May 27, 2008 17:43 IST

Indian Premier League's Twenty20 format may not attract purists but selectors should consider IPL performance before picking the Indian squad for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan, according to Virender Sehwag.

The Delhi captain said IPL has transcended boundaries to reach people in the furthest corner and so it would be wrong to completely ignore the players' performance in the Twenty20 league.

"IPL performance should matter. Everyone is watching IPL. I'm getting SMS from England, Pakistan, West Indies, all saying we are doing well. I think selectors should take IPL performance into account when they select the Indian squad," Sehwag said.

According to him, a number of youngsters have made their mark in the IPL and they should, on a rotational basis, be blooded.

"So many youngsters have done well in the tournament. For us, Shikhar Dhawan has done well, so did V Yomahesh and Pradeep Sangwan.

"India play a tri-series in Bangladesh, they play Asia Cup in Pakistan and then there is Champions Trophy. A lot of cricket is to be played this year and I think selectors should, on rotation, give chances to the youngsters to play alongside the seniors," he said.

Sehwag admitted the Daredevils owed it to lady luck as they sneaked their way into the IPL semifinals after Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals pipped Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians in a thriller at Jaipur on Monday.