PCB announces Associations’ U19 teams

Our Correspondent
Saturday, May 21, 2022

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Balochistan, Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern, Sindh and Southern Punjab squads on Friday for the City Cricket Association U19 Tournament, which commences today.

The sides have been selected through robust and merit-based open trials where the PCB spent around Rs. 10 million to ensure transparency in the age-group cricket.

The players born on or after 1 September 2003 and before 1 September 2007 were made eligible for selection in the tournament. The players who performed well in the last CCA U19 tournament and fall into the age bracket for this year’s edition have also been named in the side.

The 50-over tournament has been designed to provide teenage cricketers with an opportunity to impress selectors ahead of the divisional tournament and PCB U19 three-day and one-day tournaments.

The performers will also get a chance to get selected in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL), the player draft for the league is expected to take place in August. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Lahore from 1 to 15 October.

Keeping the health and welfare of the players as the top-most priority, certain precautionary measures have been adopted to keep players fit during the tournament. The match timings are designed in a way to keep players fresh in the heat.

The matches will start at 8:30 am and will go on till 1:00 pm. There will be a three-hour break from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the peak hours of heat. The matches will resume again at 4:00 pm and will conclude at 6:30 pm. There will also be a provision for additional drinks break in each innings.