ICC may launch U-19 World Cup for Girls next year

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The International Cricket Council may launch an Under-19 World Cup for girls as early as next year. The world governing body for cricket at its meeting several months back has shared the idea of the Under-19 World Cup for Girls with the member nations.

England or Australia can host the Girls’ Under-19 World Cup next year, national daily Indian Express has reported quoting a source. South Africa will host Boys’ Under-19 World Cup next year.

The ICC is aiming to launch the Under-19 World Cup for Girls with an aim to strengthen the competitive structure by giving more exposure to young talent.

Men’s cricket has seen emergence of the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson from the Under-19 World Cup stage.

“There are many countries who might find it tough to find good players, but it could be a good start. It will help them have a base for the future, which all countries lack at the moment. At least, there will be a start and a tournament that these upcoming players can look forward to,” the paper has quoted the source as saying.

The BCCI has introduced various age-groups tournament for girls in India following the Lodha Committee-recommended reforms.  The Rani Jhansi Trophy for women’s national championship was BCCI’s only tournament for women.

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