Stop younger players from playing in IPL?

India news: Punjab bars Under-21 players from Twenty20 | India Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo
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.


Ban the IPL altogether. The best thing for Indian Cricket. Does not do anything to help cricketers ( apart from monetary benefits ). All complain of fatigue which affects their performance in International Tests and ODI's.

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