Railways likely to scrap its Under-19 team

No Railways junior team will take part in the upcoming  under-19 tournaments of the Indian cricket board as Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) is likely to scrap its under-19 team.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: June 23, 2017 9:22 am
Railways cricket team, Railway junior team. Under-19 tournaments, Indian cricket board Railways under-19 team takes part in the annual Cooch Behar Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy.

No Railways junior team will take part in the upcoming  under-19 tournaments of the Indian cricket board as Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) is likely to scrap its under-19 team because they can’t field a competitive outfit in that age group.

The Railways authorities feel that only children of officers play in the U-19 team – they aren’t really serious about the game, and in the words of a Railways official, “Why should there be easy access in this competitive sport?”

Railways under-19 team takes part in the annual Cooch Behar Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy, but the team is yet to win any big tournament so far.

“The big problem is Railways don’t have any base. Like how the state associations conduct their own tournaments and then pick the squad for the under-19 team. Here we only have trials and in these there mostly players of Railways officers are included.  On paper, we have so many employees but we have not found a good talented boy at the under-19 level. Those who are good, play for state teams. Why should there be easy access in this competitive sport? We are mulling scrapping the team itself and concentrate on under-23 and the Ranji team,” a source in Railways said.

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    Rajiv Mahajan
    Jul 9, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    This is absolutely rubbish and the report has been published without taking into consideration the facts. the statement that mostly children of officers are playing in U-19 for Railways is absolutely incorrect and the source from Railways mentioned in the news is talking nonsense with a biased at ude. As for my knowledge is concerned only two children of Railway officers have played for Railways in U-19 in last three years - Karan MAHAJAN and Ashish Sherawat. Performance of both these players can be seen in bcci.tv or cricketarchice . Both of them on the basis of their performance in Coochbehar and ck naydu trophy subsequently represented Railways in Senior teams. The complete news is rubbish and the respected newspaper like Indian Express should have published it after verifying the facts only. The concerned Railway officers should be asked to submit the facts accordingly or the newspaper should respond to this by refuting this piece of rubbish information maligning the officers.
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