The Kerala Cricket Association had been criticised recently for not giving captains a decent run in the Ranji Trophy, but Kerala coach Sujith Somasunder feels the team could do well with a ‘professional player’ as a captain.

“We are not weak (when it comes to leading teams) but we need more experience,” said Somasunder, the former Indian opener, at the Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

“Experienced players who have played at the higher level will definitely bring in a lot more confidence and strategies that could make a difference. There’s nobody in the team now who has played beyond a certain level, not too many matches also.”

A good captain uses the resources at his disposal in a smart manner.

“Obviously, you can’t bring in too many talented players but whatever talent you have, if you can marshal it well, it will make a real difference,” said Karnataka’s Somasunder who represented Kerala as a ‘professional’ guest player.

“It’s good to have professionals when you want to bring in some good performances. But we don’t have those players,” said the 40-year-old “we were looking at it but we couldn’t find anyone.” – Special Correspondent

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