New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not taking any chances on the fitness of its Under-19 team as the players have been directed to not participate in selection trials conducted by any of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises prior to the ICC U-19 World Cup 2016 beginning in Bangladesh from January 22.
Apart from IPL trials, the youngsters have also been advised to stay away from practice games and any other tournament except Vijay Hazare Trophy (which concluded on Monday) as there is a risk of getting injured, The Indian Express reported. However, it won’t affect their IPL prospects as the main player auction will be held in February, after the World Cup.
“Players are just advised to have a light session at the nets and try to avoid any competitive game. We don’t want any of these selected players to get injured while playing a league cricket. We have even advised them not to go for any IPL trials as it can be a distraction. At the same time, there can be a risk of getting injured,” a BCCI official said.
Many IPL franchises have already started their trails for next season. The directive was issued by the board in the wake of the IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians organising a camp in Baroda a few days ago. With IPL being a big attraction for cricketers, the BCCI doesn’t want the players to get distracted just ahead of the big tournament. The message sent to the players was issued by under-19 team manager Manoj Sharma. It read, “No player will attend any tournament, practice match, or any trials except (the) Vijay Hazare tournament.”