Mumbai: Chief selector Sandeep Patil on Wednesday asked young cricketers to think more of playing Test cricket than taking part in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. "Please youngsters, if you want to play true cricket, it's Test cricket and not IPL. IPL is like fast food where you just pay, grab a bite and go home. But if you want to earn a name for yourself, for your team, for your country, for your parents, please give importance to longer version of the game which is true cricket," Patil said.
He was speaking at the Ramesh Rajde Trust for Young Cricketers, that awards scholarship to young Mumbai cricketers.
Patil said when he was young, there were no awards and his parents asked him to concentrate on the games he played. "My father who used to play cricket and my mother who was also a sportsperson, made sure I concentrated more on my game. There were no prizes. The first prize I received in my life was Rs 300. I didn't know what to do with it," Patil said.