'Efforts are on to rejuvenate junior cricket'

Published: Monday, July 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The report of the two-member committee, formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to find ways to rejuvenate junior level cricket, would be tabled at the one-day meeting of the junior tournament committee of the BCCI in Mumbai on July 14.

The meeting would deliberate on the report prepared by Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) secretary M P Pandove and BCCI joint secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty, Kamal Morarka, chairman of the committee as also the BCCI vice-president said.

"The whole purpose is to rejuvenate junior cricket. It is the training ground for higher levels of the game. Teams like Australia have a strong junior structure. We too have done well at the Under-19 level indicated by the coming to the fore of cricketers like Mohd Kaif, Ambati Rayudu etc," he said.

"But University cricket, which used to provide lot of players earlier, has lagged behind. We are not getting as many players from these tournaments as before. The committee was formed to find out how to make junior cricket more rewarding in terms of getting more players," Morarka said.

"We would deliberate on the structure of the junior tournaments and other relevant things, reach a consensus and then send in the recommendations to the Board's working committee for its approval," he added.

Meanwhile, the BCCI working committee is to meet at Delhi on July 18 and 19. The C K Nayudu awards committee is to meet a day earlier at the capital, BCCI sources said adding, the umpires committee would be meeting on July 12 at Mumbai.

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