The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stated that they have removed restrictions on the limit of the participation of Ranji players in the freshly introduced Under-25 CK Nayudu Trophy and men’s State A competitions.
In a letter addressed to the state associations on August 27, BCCI’s General Manager, Game Development, Dhiraj Malhotra, said, “There will be NO cap on the number of players who were / will be in the playing XI of their respective State teams in Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare and /or Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy during the ongoing season.”
Malhotra further explained the decision to replace the Under-23 tournament with an Under-25 competition. “The Col C K Nayudu Trophy tournament was conducted for the Men’s Under-23 age group in both one day (limited-overs) and 4-day format and was last played in 2019 – 2020 season.”
“We invite your attention to the following amendments for this season 2021 – 2022; The one day (limited-overs) tournament will now be named as ‘ Men’s State A One Day Tournament’; The multi-day (4-day) tournament will now be named as ‘Col C K Nayudu Trophy – Men’s U 25’.”
The BCCI official also stated age eligiblity to play in the Under-25 category. “Players eligible to participate shall be less than 25 years of age as of 1st September of the year of the tournament. Accordingly, the cut-off date would be 1st September 1996,” the BCCI official wrote.
Meanwhile, the board has postponed it Annual General Meeting (AGM) owing to the pandemic, which usually takes place before September 30. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has informed the states regarding the same.
Shah wrote: “The BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. The Rules and Regulations of the BCCUI requires the BCCI to hold an Annual General Meeting before September 30 each year.
“Owing to prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the Tamil Nadu Government in their GO (D) No 96, dated 30th June 2021, (Government Order), have extended the period for a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act, 1975, to conduct Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2020-2021, by three months, from September 2021 to December 2021.
“In view thereof, you are hereby informed that the BCCI will not have its Annual General Meeting by 30, September 2021. We will keep you informed regarding the date of the Annual General Meeting (sic).”
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