Kolkata: Former Indian skipper and co-owner of ISL team Athletico De Kolkata Sourav Ganguly said on Monday that the presence of eminent foreign players in the squad would help the local boys to raise their playing standards and of the game too.
"We picked a lot of city-bred players. Also foreign players are in our team. Out of the 22 odd players, eight of them are foreigners. The foreigners' presence will help the local players to raise their own standards while the quality of the game will also stand to benefit", Ganguly said here while Athletico De Kolkata announced their deal with Aircel as the principal sponsor of team. (Also read: Sourav Ganguly urges fans to cheer for Atletico de Kolkata)
"Going by my experience, my 1996 my debut at Lord's definitely helped me become a good cricketer. I had a fabulous Test series. I have immensely benefitted from seeing the foreigners playing there. My batting went to a different level," he said.
Referring to IPL, he said earlier the teams used to have players from the respective cities which changed after three years of its beginning.
"Now you see Gautam Gambhir is the captain of KKR while Dhoni who is from Ranchi is playing for Chennai Super Kings," he said.
"We will try to pick players from the city and strike a right balance", Ganguly said.