The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made a big announcement regarding international cricket on Thursday. The ICC has introduced a new rule under which a player must be at least 15 years old to eligible to play international cricket. The top cricket association has said that no player below 15 years will be given a chance in under-19 or international cricket.
ICC has imposed age restriction to improve the safeguarding of players:
The ICC has confirmed the imposition of a minimum age restriction to improve the safeguarding of players. This rule will also apply to women’s cricket including events, bilateral cricket series and under-19 cricket. The ICC said in a statement, “The Board confirmed the introduction of minimum age restrictions for international cricket to improve safeguarding of players which will apply across all cricket including ICC events, bilateral cricket and U19 cricket. To play in any form of men’s, women’s or U19 international cricket players must now be a minimum age of 15.”
Only few players had played internationally at such an age:
However, 15-year-old players will also be given a chance in exceptional circumstances. But, that player should be able to cope with the game experience and mental development. In any case, there are very few players in international cricket who have played international cricket at such an age.
“In case of exceptional circumstances, a Member Board could apply to the ICC to allow a player under the age of 15 to play for them. This could include where the player’s playing experience and mental development and wellbeing demonstrates that they would be capable of coping with the demands of international cricket,” it added.
ICC changed the rules of the World Test Championship:
At the same time, the ICC made the announcement, confirming the change in the World Test Championship rules. Teams will now be ranked based on the percentage of points earned from full matches. It will determine the finalists for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) to be held next year. Prior to this rule, the Indian team was at No.1 in ICC WTC but has now slipped to number two.