The BCCI has decided to disallow Indian U-19 cricketers from appearing in multiple editions of the U-19 Cricket World Cup. The committee also decided that players selected for Indian under-19 teams will only be allowed to play two seasons of U-19 domestic cricket.
The main problem which caused this decision to take place was the issue of over-age. This issue has been in the Indian cricket from past many years. Many cricketers try to hide their real age to play in the under 19 groups.
“I think of this over-age business as dangerous and even toxic and to me, give rise to a question: If a child sees his parents and coaches cheating and creating a fake birth certificate, will he not be encouraged to become a cheat? He is being taught to lie by his own elders, at 14, it may be in the matter of the age criteria, at 25 it may be fixing and corruption. How are the two different in any way? In both cases, is it not blatant cheating ?” Rahul Dravid said about the matter.
Another decision was finalised by the working committee that a player who is playing in U-19 domestic season can only play two full seasons before he turns 19, not more than that.
A number of players have represented India at more than one U-19 World Cup. The latest examples of this are – Avesh Khan, Sarfaraz Khan and Ricky Bhui, who first played in the 2014 edition and then in 2016. Examples from the past include Ravindra Jadeja (2006 and 2008) and Vijay Zol (2012 and 2014).