Age dilemma continues at junior level

By Muhammad Asif Khan - September 12, 2021

KARACHI: The city cricket associations’ Under-19 tournaments (50 overs) are underway and, under Sindh Cricket Association, various Zones, from Karachi, are also competing with each other to excel.

Right now, after four matches each, the table position, in Karachi City Association (KCA), is that the KCA Zone-6 team is at the top of the chart with an aggregate of 60 points, followed by Zone-7, Zone-4, Zone-3 and Zone-5, U-19 outfits respectively.

The problem is that, in their first game, against KCA Zone-5, they (Zone-6) easily overhauled the 86-run target in just 8.1 overs, while the Zone-5 team got all-out in 34.5 overs.

Zone-6’s opener Zain Anwar was very impressive with 34-ball 55 but he was wrongly fielded as he is 20 years old.

Zain Anwar, form “B” reveals his date of birth as May 12, 2001.

However, after the first match, the Zone-6 management did not include Zain Anwar in the next three matches.

The early advantage was with Zone-6, because due to their onslaught in the first game, Zone-6 got the boost to their net run-rate but isn’t it a disadvantage to the other team?

This correspondent contacted the Pakistan Cricket Board’s spokesperson for Domestic Cricket, and he also acknowledged the “mistake” by the Zone.

He said that the over aged player has been sidelined and, on a question, he added that a thorough probe into the affair will be held.

Now, what will be result of that first game, which gave impetus to table-topper’s campaign?

This is the question, owes an answer so does the responsible!

By Muhammad Asif Khan

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