Youth Premier League cancelled

By Riverine Herald

The representative pathway for budding cricket stars across Victoria will look different this summer, with the Youth Premier League put on hold.

Cricket Victoria's YPL gives junior cricketers the chance to face each other at a higher level each season, but due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic it will not be staged in 2020-21.

Instead, along with ensuring organisations like Cricket Shepparton, Goulburn Murray Cricket and Murray Valley Cricket Association can get something as close as possible to a normal season up and running, Cricket Victoria will aim to create localised representative opportunities.

“We’d like to thank our affiliates for their proactivity and understanding as we’ve confronted the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic,” Cricket Victoria chief executive Andrew Ingleton said.

“Unfortunately circumstances won’t allow the Youth Premier League to take place this season, but we look forward to continuing to work closely with leagues to deliver representative opportunities where we can, while also providing access to our coaching and talent specialists.”

Goulburn Murray Cricket operations manager James Stokes said about seven players from the competition would miss out this summer.

“It’s disappointing but everyone understands why the decision has been made,” he said.

“The YPL is a terrific competition so we will be looking forward to seeing it go ahead next year.

“Hopefully some of our more talented players get an opportunity to step up into their club's A-grade sides and develop their skills that way.

“There will also be some other alternative training sessions on offer for players so they won’t be missing out completely.”

The YPL pathway system is set to be tweaked when it eventually returns in the 2021-22 summer of cricket.

“The Youth Premier League is a vital avenue for developing cricketing talent throughout the state and we’ll use this time to refine the competition to ensure it provides an even more valuable platform when it returns,” Cricket Victoria high performance manager Dean Russ said.

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