Promoting school cricket has been a priority for the BCCI President Sharad Pawar and it appears that a national school competition will be in place from the next season.

The Junior Cricket Committee of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended that the BCCI conduct school level competitions with support from the State associations. All State associations are being requested to adopt five schools in urban areas in addition to five in rural areas. The State associations are being asked to establish an inter-school competition.

There is a possibility that the champion school in each State will play leagues at the zonal level and thereafter an all-India knock out for the top two teams from each zone. The Junior Cricket Committee has also recommended that the U-15 and U-17 inter-State competition be converted into a single U-16 tournament.

Filed January 11 2008