India news January 17, 2012

Punjab bars Under-21 players from Twenty20

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has barred its Under-21 players from taking part in Twenty20 cricket, including the lucrative IPL. The decision was taken at the state association's Administrative Committee meeting in Mohali on Sunday and will need to be ratified at the next Executive Committee meeting.

The move comes at a time when the IPL has been cited as one of the reasons for India's abject surrender of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, where the visitors have lost the first three Tests, the last two by an innings. "The idea was being discussed among PCA members for some time now," Sushil Kapoor, the PCA spokesperson, told the Mumbai Mirror. "It was felt that youngsters were losing their focus and were not ready to grind it out during the two, three or four day games."

Punjab is the first state association to restrict its players from the shortest version of the game, and their stand is counter to other associations such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Orissa and Jharkhand that have started their own T20 leagues. The board is aware that some players may not be happy about the decision, but association secretary MP Pandove said it was done in the larger interest of cricket.

"Look, we are the first Association to take this step in the interest of players, many of whom I know will not like it," Pandove told PTI. "We strongly felt that 17 to 21 years are formative years for any player and there should be no distraction. The step which we have taken is in the larger interest of players and the country's cricket as a whole."

Punjab has allowed one exception to their ban. Players who are contracted by BCCI will be allowed to play Twenty20 cricket even if they are under the age of 21.

Former India batsman Vikram Rathour, who is the assistant coach of IPL franchise King's XI Punjab as well as coach of Punjab's Ranji Trophy team, told ESPNcricinfo that he had been spoken to by the PCA before the decision was taken at the meeting. "I wasn't part of the meeting and was spoken about it, principally I agreed to the idea. I think it is a good call. More than people being concerned about young guys getting lots of money from T20 and losing focus, I had cricketing concerns."

He said the players had trouble adjusting from the T20 cricket to four-day games, something he noticed while working with the Punjab team during the week between the end of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 competition league phase and the start of the Ranji Trophy. "At that time, we had been working on getting the players to play the reverse sweep and the upper cut. Then a week later we had to ask them to leave the ball because we had switched to four-day cricket. even the most experienced players found it a struggle, it was too much for the youngsters to adjust."

However, Rathour said that it was possible the PCA may have to make considerations for players who were exceptionally suited for a shorter format of the game, though the principle on which the new rule had come into being was worth sticking with. "I always believe that it is possible that a good player in the long format will be able to switch to the shorter format but it doesn't happen the other way around."

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  • ccriccfan on January 18, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    way to go... proud of punjabis, now of only other states would follow the same pattern..

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 18, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @PratUSA...David Warner was a desperate selection by Aus after Watson got injured and they kicked Katich out. They experimented with other openers and those guys were found out. Warner is good, however, he belted a listless Indian bowling (though he played well against NZ). Warner's case is a one-off instance, for this kid did not even play much first class cricket - only ODs and T20s, before getting into the test team. That happened because Oz were grasping at anything and everything.

  • on January 18, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    A decision to be applauded( if they stick to it) and followed by all other state cricket associations , it should always be your country first and then the rest.

  • Nihit86 on January 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    That's a great step taken by the PCB. The focus of younger players should only be to get their technique right. Once negotiating fast and swing balling has become their second nature, they can participate in all forms of cricket.

    Otherwise we will only be producing the likes of Sehwag and Pathan that dont have any footwork and rely solely on smashing the ball as hard as they can.

  • Raj239 on January 18, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    All states should follow Punjab's example.

  • wolf777 on January 18, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    How about forcing IPL to play under International Rules? Like having longer boundries? I think that would be more constructive.

  • on January 18, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    +ve step for the right reasons! Rest of the boards should follow suit...

  • balajik1968 on January 18, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Good decision. I hope other cricket associations in India are watching.

  • TRAM on January 18, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    If all the states do this, India will never identify a young T20 champion player. Instead of stopping them from playing T20 I would suggest: Let them play but not earn a lot. Pay them proportional to their performance in the longer formats.

  • cricindia4life on January 18, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    This is a fantastic move! I think T20 has its merits but I totally agree that 17-21 are "formative" years and that young cricketers need to work on their technical skills. I hope other states follow suit and I hope the BCCI doesn't force PCA's hand to recant this move.

  • ccriccfan on January 18, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    way to go... proud of punjabis, now of only other states would follow the same pattern..

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 18, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @PratUSA...David Warner was a desperate selection by Aus after Watson got injured and they kicked Katich out. They experimented with other openers and those guys were found out. Warner is good, however, he belted a listless Indian bowling (though he played well against NZ). Warner's case is a one-off instance, for this kid did not even play much first class cricket - only ODs and T20s, before getting into the test team. That happened because Oz were grasping at anything and everything.

  • on January 18, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    A decision to be applauded( if they stick to it) and followed by all other state cricket associations , it should always be your country first and then the rest.

  • Nihit86 on January 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    That's a great step taken by the PCB. The focus of younger players should only be to get their technique right. Once negotiating fast and swing balling has become their second nature, they can participate in all forms of cricket.

    Otherwise we will only be producing the likes of Sehwag and Pathan that dont have any footwork and rely solely on smashing the ball as hard as they can.

  • Raj239 on January 18, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    All states should follow Punjab's example.

  • wolf777 on January 18, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    How about forcing IPL to play under International Rules? Like having longer boundries? I think that would be more constructive.

  • on January 18, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    +ve step for the right reasons! Rest of the boards should follow suit...

  • balajik1968 on January 18, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Good decision. I hope other cricket associations in India are watching.

  • TRAM on January 18, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    If all the states do this, India will never identify a young T20 champion player. Instead of stopping them from playing T20 I would suggest: Let them play but not earn a lot. Pay them proportional to their performance in the longer formats.

  • cricindia4life on January 18, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    This is a fantastic move! I think T20 has its merits but I totally agree that 17-21 are "formative" years and that young cricketers need to work on their technical skills. I hope other states follow suit and I hope the BCCI doesn't force PCA's hand to recant this move.

  • bighit14 on January 17, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    A bold move by PCA. Commendable!!! I think the other boards should follow them for the better interest of cricket

  • PratUSA on January 17, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    A good decision however only time will tell if it can sustain. Young players might look to move to other states and I feel only way to make something like to happen is if BCCI takes such a decision. Some will argue that T20 has not stopped young David Warner from getting success at test level. In the past there have been talks about not allowing young spinners to play limited over game but it has never come to fruition. Let's see what happens with this.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 17, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Excellent decision. Finally a local board shows the concern and spine. Way to go PCA!!! Kudos.

  • nagpalajjampur on January 17, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I completely agree with this move - this is in the right direction keeping REAL CRICKET (Tests, ODIs) in mind.

    IPL is adversely impacting Indian cricket's future in two ways: one, the format of IPL is changing the basic playing style of young cricketers which also starts showing in test format causing their downfall. secondly, the monetary incentive given in IPL is surely reducing the new comers zeal to represent in Tests.

    Treat IPL only as a platform to make talent visible. Reduce its frequency to may be once in 2 years and also limit the monetary reward to players substantially. Have eligibility criteria for local new comers to play in IPL like minimum domestic matches played.

  • imrakesh on January 17, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    An Excellent Decision.. Way to go :)

  • on January 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    A very good move, i hope all other state associations will follow this ...T20 has not created any superstars so far and destroyed the true form of cricket

  • satish619chandar on January 17, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Good decision.. There will some T20 local players and they can play in IPL.. The U21's who dream to play in national team can well stay away.. Requires lots of practice to play in T20s and tests and U21 is not the age to do it..

  • anshu.s on January 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    This is a draconian measure taken by Pca, it is compleately undemocratic and unneccessary.In a country where one can vote at 18 and decide the fate of your government but can't play cricket in a league it seems bizzare,Pca might win some brownie points from some traditionalists who some how think India's poor performance in test is a byproduct of IPL (mistaken belief).What Pca is doing is refusing young boys a chance to ean livelyhood .....Bcci should intervene in the matter otherwise affected cricketers might change state or mov to courts !!!!

  • on January 17, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I THINK THIS IS A GREAT MOVE BY PCA AND BCCI SHOULD ACCEPT THIS FOR FUTURE OF TEST CRICKET.I THINK WHAT BCCI CAN DO IS DECREASE NUMBER OF MATHCHES FROM 74 .ONE TEAM SHOULD PLAY OYHER TEAM ONCE AND THEN SEMI FINAL AND FINAL.THATS IT.BUT I DOUBT MONEY HUNTER BCCI WILL DO THAT BECAUSE ALL BCCI WANT IS MONEY THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT TEST CRICKET AS THEY KNOW INDIA WILL PERFOM WELL IN INDIA AND PEOPLE WILL FORGET EVEYTHING AND WATCH IPL.

  • sherishahmir on January 17, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Great idea in the larger interest of Indian cricket, also be supported by some apparent failure of talent like Murli Vijay, S Raina, Yavraj Singh etc who performed very well in IPL format but struggle a lot in test format and eventually r out of game. By this preventive step youngsters can be preserved from developing their basic skills for T20 format rather they can develop their skills for longer version of game. T20 is exciting format loved by everyone but real cricket skills to be tested r still in ODI and test cricket formats, but as T20 is part of ICC international calendar, so there is need to develop balance among all formats and players should also be categorised accordingly, a v prime example can be seen of Australian Cricket Board and their individual players. A nation rather the whole subcontinent which is obsessed with cricket fobia, i think should also think in these lines for future, great idea by Indian PCA.

  • FoollyFedUp on January 17, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Terrific decision, PCA...Hats off...Just look at Karnataka to know that they are going nowhere with T-20.

  • Gizza on January 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    First silver lining for India?

  • on January 17, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    A step in the right direction. The next step is to scrap the IPL.

  • kasyapm on January 17, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    A very good decision. 17-21 are indeed formative years, the time when players learn their art and know what they are good at. Hope the other state boards follow suit.

  • Sakthiivel on January 17, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Punjab team is a poor performer of Ranji. Punjab team have won just only once the Ranji Trophy. So for their poor performance they have to try something.

  • Harish_CSK on January 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Bold decision by PCA. Hope other state associations also follow lead. There may be few drawbacks. I have a feeling that some of Punjab's players might move to other states. But it is a risk worth taking.

  • dosapati_anand on January 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    The current crisis the indian test cricket is going through also firmly stresses the need for ICC to decide which format is the true representative of cricket. Because no other sport is played in so many formats like cricket is. If there is variety in other games,that variety is usually treated as another sport(like ice hockey and hockey). ICC need to examine thoroughly why there is a need to invent the sub-versions of test cricket unlike in other sports. Is the test cricket too long? do we need a commercial format to earn money?Isn't the test cricket as lucrative as the other formats?Have we succeeded in globalizing the game even after 4 decades of one-day cricket?What exactly is the ground reality? Answering these questions is very very important because the test cricket, to this day, remains the MOST ENTERTAINING AND THRILLING of all formats for a true connoisseur and the most demanding of the players. Is the test cricket then the highest expression of the game? If so, what next?

  • on January 17, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Best news of 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ronson333 on January 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Great move by Punjab, they are doing it for the good of Indian cricket. How ironic, that the south of India currently controls Indian cricket, and they are just motivated by money!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope other states follow Punjab's example!

  • NIT2222 on January 17, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    this is the worst thing....

  • mokshagundam on January 17, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    It will be a good idea only if the youngsters are compensated appropriately. PCA must contract

  • SanjuMenon on January 17, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well done PCA......Good Beginning....Punjab may lost some youngsters on the process but those guys would be dedicating their life for money and not cricket....and those won't stay long.....Let's hope this is a beginning to end the Bad Cricket Culture of India (BCCI)....

  • on January 17, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    thats gud news and gud decision by PCA

  • Sameer-hbk on January 17, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Really good decision here. And along with this the board should pay extra incentives to players who do well in Ranji matches and other 4-day tournaments... Finally someone has woken up to the problem and hopefully others will follow this ASAP. The players barred are only U-21, so they have a long career left to make good money, while they can work on solid foundation and sound technique away from the frenzy. Well Done Punjab... BCCI can go ahead and make this mandatory for all states.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    this is so stupid haha they obviously done understand that its an individual thing.

  • shadabkhankhan on January 17, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    now something happen in india on ground basis. Why not BCCI make this rule on whole indian Domestic Circuit.

  • JustOUT on January 17, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Atlast some sense coming into the local boards.

  • ashish_gajjar on January 17, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    gooood decision may be all our state banned player under-21 play for t20

  • abhi20690 on January 17, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    very good decision by the pca. It will help punjab and indian cricket in the long run and such measures should be undertaken by each and every association

  • Captain_Crick on January 17, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Excellent and a bold move by PCA! Playing for one's country at the highest level (Intl Test Cricket) should come first and PCB has taken a right step in this direction.All the glamour that comes with IPL and T20 might be entertaining to the public but does no good to improve one's game at test cricket level esp when players are in their teenage!

  • 9ST9 on January 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Very good - hope this spreads to other parts of the world as well. We need T20 but we need to preserve the other formats as well.

  • ab_cricket on January 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I like that. I think it will bring more maturity in players whenever they start playing even in the IPL. I wonder what will happen to the under 23 player award in the IPL, more headaches for the BCCI! I like that again!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on January 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Good job Punjab. Other states need to follow in Punjab's footsteps

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  • johnathonjosephs on January 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Good job Punjab. Other states need to follow in Punjab's footsteps

  • ab_cricket on January 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I like that. I think it will bring more maturity in players whenever they start playing even in the IPL. I wonder what will happen to the under 23 player award in the IPL, more headaches for the BCCI! I like that again!!!

  • 9ST9 on January 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Very good - hope this spreads to other parts of the world as well. We need T20 but we need to preserve the other formats as well.

  • Captain_Crick on January 17, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Excellent and a bold move by PCA! Playing for one's country at the highest level (Intl Test Cricket) should come first and PCB has taken a right step in this direction.All the glamour that comes with IPL and T20 might be entertaining to the public but does no good to improve one's game at test cricket level esp when players are in their teenage!

  • abhi20690 on January 17, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    very good decision by the pca. It will help punjab and indian cricket in the long run and such measures should be undertaken by each and every association

  • ashish_gajjar on January 17, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    gooood decision may be all our state banned player under-21 play for t20

  • JustOUT on January 17, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Atlast some sense coming into the local boards.

  • shadabkhankhan on January 17, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    now something happen in india on ground basis. Why not BCCI make this rule on whole indian Domestic Circuit.

  • jonesy2 on January 17, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    this is so stupid haha they obviously done understand that its an individual thing.

  • Sameer-hbk on January 17, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Really good decision here. And along with this the board should pay extra incentives to players who do well in Ranji matches and other 4-day tournaments... Finally someone has woken up to the problem and hopefully others will follow this ASAP. The players barred are only U-21, so they have a long career left to make good money, while they can work on solid foundation and sound technique away from the frenzy. Well Done Punjab... BCCI can go ahead and make this mandatory for all states.