India v England U19 series to be taken out of Mumbai

India v England U19 series to be taken out of Mumbai

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The Under-19 series between India and England still is without a venue after Mumbai pulled out of hosting the series. There has been a massive mess in terms of the BCCI and their management committee in recent times given the fact that the top-brass was removed from their positions not too long ago. Moreover, the proposal of having these matches in the Brabourne Stadium has now been dismissed with the BCCI not being able to book the hotels for the players on the day.

Earlier, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association had also stated that they were indeed incapable of hosting the match, something that has put the board in much more trouble as well. The fact that they have not zeroed in on a venue could also see that the India v England series is canceled as well.

A source close to the BCCI went on to state that the rooms were not available for accommodation for as many as 45 days, something that has not been the board’s problem in recent times. “Mumbai would have been an ideal place but the problem has been to find 45 rooms for 15 days. The rooms are available but not for so many days at a stretch,” said a source in the know.

Meanwhile, the crackdown on the ineligible members as per the Lodha reforms has also seen two of the selectors removed from their positions. These are two of the junior selectors in the panel, something that will only pick the Under-19 and below squads. The chairman of this committee is Venkatesh Prasad.

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“Kapoor and Sharma were added to the committee at last year’s AGM. That was after the apex court had approved the Lodha report. The qualification for junior selectors is 25 Ranji games and Test appearance is not mandatory. For the senior selection committee, the Test experience was made mandatory by the committee,” the source explained.