What is racial in it? It is just that there will be more variety in playing style, attitude, size, etc - which is always good in a team. There may be genetic differences too, but I don't have any idea which gene pool in India is best-suited for football. I don't think we have that kind of genetic disparity in India. Anyway, if when I look at that team, I can hardly tell who is from which area, except maybe a couple of kids. They are all of the same race ... I would have said the same if, say, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were producing 12 of the 21 kids and if I felt that a reason for that could be less scouting in other areas like the North-East (which we used to actually say even 10-15 years ago, even in this forum; the situation has kinda flipped). On the other hand, I had also said once before that we do need to scout limited areas rather than look all over. That is why I said Kerala, Punjab, and Bengal, to add to the North-East, because at least some football spirit is alive in these places and there is a chance for more kids to take up football there if we start doing something about it.Tolamu wrote: ↑Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:46 pmThe boys in the area you mentioned are already committed to gulley cricket. Like it or not you have to depend on the North - East. May be you meant well, but it sounds racial. Sorry if I'm wrong. It might be noted that my state alone produced 8 / 21 of the team.(despite they are out of the international standard, but the best in this cricket crazy nation.)
But you may be right that it is too late at some of these other areas areas, where the kids just cannot be pulled out from playing street cricket anymore. That would be sad, but may be the reality. Then all we can do is to rely on the North-East for our player supply.