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Is IPL to be blamed for India's poor showing in England?

August 19, 2014 13:08 IST

'Indian players need exposure to wider world outside riches of IPL'

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have refused to blame the Indian Premier League for his team's shambolic show in the five-Test series against England, but former English skipper Michael Vaughan feels the young Indian players must come out of the cash-rich league's shadow and play county cricket.

"The Board Of Control for Cricket in India has some tough calls to make. My main recommendation is to get their players to play county cricket," Vaughan wrote in his column for Daily Telegraph.

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Image: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma (left) with Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli during the Indian Premier League
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'All the greats of the past 30 years had spells in county cricket'

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Vaughan said it is important for the Indian youngsters to learn to play in English conditions for their overall development as cricketers.

"Young Indian players need exposing to a wider world outside the pampering and riches of the Indian Premier League. They need to learn how to bat and bowl in our conditions," said the former captain.

"All the greats of the past 30 years had spells in county cricket. It would do their development a great deal of good to come here," he added.

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Image: India's Rahul Dravid in action for English county side Kent in September 2000
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India's woeful performances touched a new low in England

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India's woeful performances touched a new low as they succumbed to their heaviest Test defeat (an innings and 244 runs) in 40 years in a match that got over well inside three days at the Oval in London, losing the series 1-3 to England.

Vaughan on Monday took criticism to another level after he posted a 'white flag' on his Twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag following India's abject surrender in the fifth and final Test match.

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Image: (Left to right): Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane
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