2016 Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh is just six months away, but Indian colts are without meaningful competition for almost 17 months now. There is a proposal to for tri-series in September but BCCI has still not finalised it. Amitabh Choudhary , the joint secretary of BCCI, convened the junior cricket committee will take the call on this tours.
The national junior team last played an international match on February 27, 2014, against West Indies in the fifth place playoff of the Under-19 World Cup in Sharjah. The last time U-19 team went without international exposure tour for this long was more than two decades ago-they didn’t play an international between January 30, 1990 and March 1992.
There is no Future Tour Programme for juniors in ICC’s annual calendar. So, it is the prerogative to arrange tours. However, the BCCI is yet to officially announce any such tournament in the next five months, Hindustan Times reported.
“A proposal has been sent for playing a triangular series in Sri Lanka. England could be the third team. But the board is yet to confirm that. We could also tour a country (for a bilateral series) but nothing has been finalised yet,” the official told Hindustan on the condition of anonymity.
Asked why India have gone so long without any international cricket, the official only said: “We played a lot of one-dayers before the 2014 World Cup. Hopefully something will be firmed up soon.”
Countries like Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played matches for exposure after the 2014 World Cup.
Meanwhile, a camp for 25 players was organised that ended last week. The junior team selectors plan to pick the World Cup probables on the basis of their domestic performance and a camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
“We had a camp of 25 players that was attended by U-19 coach Rahul Dravid. He was happy with the quality of players. The camp should provide the main pool from which the Cup squad can be selected,” said the official. “The Vinoo Mankad Trophy, the zonal one-dayers and the Ranji Trophy will also give a good idea about a few players, who could be picked on the basis of those performances.”