Calcutta: “Fed up” with participation of overage players, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is mulling putting on hold the Ambar Roy under-14 sub-junior tournament.
Things are still at a primary stage though, as CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya is likely to discuss the issue next week with officials of both first and second division clubs before a final decision is taken.
“We’re simply fed up with handling these issues concerning overage players being part of a side in an under-14 tournament. And these players mainly come from little-known coaching centres that are mushrooming in no time.
“So we’re thinking of putting on hold the Under-14 competitions for around two years or so, which might help to curb down on these centres that are detrimental to the overall progress of the game,” CAB joint-secretary Subir Ganguly said on Wednesday.
The state association intends to bring the Under-14 cricketers under the second division fold if its plans do materialise. “The second division consists of plenty of clubs. So there won’t be a problem as such if each of the clubs rope in around five players.
“Anyhow, we need to focus on the second division, without which, it’s difficult for cricket in Bengal to prosper,” Ganguly added.