International Cricket Council (ICC) has made mandatory that men’s and women’s players should be 15 or above 15 to play international cricket. As per ICC, this decision has been taken ‘to improve the safeguarding of players’. Well, this is the first time that ICC has introduced age restriction.
The world cricket board also stated that they would dissolve the age restriction for any board if there are exceptional circumstances.
With cricket being developing rapidly, the youngsters instantly come into the limelight and the respective board fast-track them to international cricket, without playing a reasonable amount of domestic cricket.
Some young players are capable of taking the pressure and burden of international cricket but there are instances when intense scrutiny affects players mentally. So, for the well being of them, the governing body has introduced age restriction.
Minimum age restrictions for international cricket to improve safeguarding of players: ICC
“The Board confirmed the introduction of minimum age restrictions for international cricket to improve safeguarding of players which will apply across all cricket including ICC events, bilateral cricket and U19 cricket. To play in any form of men’s, women’s or U19 international cricket players must now be a minimum age of 15.
“In case of exceptional circumstances, a Member Board could apply to the ICC to allow a player under the age of 15 to play for them. This could include where the player’s playing experience and mental development and well-being demonstrates that they would be capable of coping with the demands of international cricket,” ICC statement maintained.
For India, the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who made the debut at the age of 16. He went on to become the first batsman to score over 15,000 runs in ODIs and Tests. Last year, Shafali Verma became the youngster cricketer to play for India.