The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a minimum age policy in international cricket. ICC has said that players must have to be at least 15 years old to play international cricket.
However, according to the world body, countries still have the option to field a player younger than 15 years old. In exceptional circumstances, respective boards could apply to ICC to allow a player younger than 15 years to play for the respective country.
“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,” said ICC.
“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,” ICC further added.
Earlier, there was no restriction on the age of a cricketer to play any form of international cricket. A Pakistan right-handed batsman, Hasan Raza, made his Test debut when he was 14 years. He played seven Tests and 16 ODIs between 1996 and 2005, holds the record of being the youngest to play international cricket.
Former legendary batsman Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest Indian cricketer to play Test cricket for the country. Tendulkar made his Test cricket debut for India at the age of 16 years. The legend scored 15,921 runs in Tests and finished his ODI career with 18,426 runs.
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