The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to allow a player to play in only one Under 19 World cup during his playing days. It means that a player who has represented India in an Under-19 World Cup earlier cannot be part of the succeeding junior World Cups, even he meets the age criteria, still, he won’t be not be allowed to participate in the international event .
This means that the players like Washington Sundar, Mahipal Lomror and few others will not be given a second chance and will never don the junior jersey again. It is a big blow for these young boys as now they have to compete with boys of the upper level so as to find a place in their domestic state team. This suggestion was moved by junior committee and it was approved by the board in its working committee.
This is not the lone change at the U19 level as committee has also decided that a player can only play two seasons of U19 cricket in the junior domestic cricket. This means that a state association has to be quite active in deciding a team. The move will snub a chance to the deserving candidate, for ex: A 15-year-old boy who has the ability to compete with U19 boys may be seen playing at the U16 level for few years as he can only play U19 cricket for two years.
There are speculations that this decision has been taken so as to curb the problem of overage in the domestic cricket which is a big headache for the BCCI. Last year a day before start the of Ranji trophy, 22 of the Delhi cricketers were banned due to overage issues. This seems to be the only logical reason behind this move.
There are many players who have represented Indian team at the junior level twice; few of them are Sandeep Sharma (2010 & 2012), Vijay Zol (2012 & 2014), Ricky Bhui (2014 & 2016), Sarfaraz Khan (2014 & 2016) etc.