The Under-19 World Cup will be played in Bangladesh © Getty Images (Representation photo)
The Under-19 World Cup will be played in Bangladesh © Getty Images (Representation photo)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent a directive to the Indian Under-19 cricketers to not to take part in the trials for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The BCCI has apparently have issued this directive to the cricketers who will soon be gearing up for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 to be held in Bangladesh with the motive to keep them fit and injury-free for the tournament. The directive has come from the team manager Manuj Sharma a few days ago, and the cricketers were exempted from the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16.

According to the Indian Express, the directive from Manuj said, “No player will attend any tournament, practice match, or Any Trials except Vijay Hajare [Hazare] tournament.” ALSO READ: India in with a great chance to win ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 after going unbeaten in tri-series

The directive is indeed a right move as the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 will be held in January, and those missing out on the IPL trials will still have a chance to impress the franchises, with the main auction set to take place on February 6, right after the World Cup. Teams such as Mumbai Indians (MI) held a trial session in Baroda a couple of days ago.

A BCCI official said on the condition of anonymity, “Players are just advised to have a light session at the nets and try to avoid any competitive game. We don’t want any of these selected players to get injured while playing a league cricket. We have even advised them not to go for any IPL trials as it can be a distraction. At the same time, there can be risk of getting injured.” The India Under-19 cricketers will train under the supervision of coach Rahul Dravid in Bengaluru from January 3.