The International Cricket Council (ICC) has framed a new rule regarding international cricket. Players will now have to be at least 15 years old to play international cricket. That is, players aged 15 years old will not be able to play international matches. However players under 15 years of age can play domestic cricket for their countries. In exceptional circumstances, any country can apply to the ICC to allow younger players to play international matches.
This new ICC rule will also be applicable in bilateral series, ICC tournaments and under-19 cricket. The same rule will also be applicable for women players. Earlier, there was no restriction on age for any cricketer to play in international cricket.
Youngest cricketer to debut
The youngest player to debut in men’s cricket is Meet Bhavsar of Kuwait. Bhavsar played his T20 International against Maldives at the age of 14 years 211 days. After this, Hassan Raza of Pakistan holds the record for the youngest Test debut, who made his debut against Zimbabwe at the age of 14 years 227 days. Raza, who played seven Tests and 16 ODIs for Pakistan from 1996 to 2005, also holds the record for the youngest ODI debut.
Apart from this, former Pakistan batsman Mushtaq Mohammad made his debut in Test cricket at the age of 15 years 224 days. He has scored 3643 runs in 57 Test matches for Pakistan with 10 centuries. Another Pakistani player Aaqib Javed has made his debut in international cricket at the age of 16 years and 189 days.
If we talk about India, first of all Sachin Tendulkar’s name comes in our mind. Sachin, who played 24 years of international cricket, made his Test debut at the age of 16 and 205 days and was the youngest cricketer to make an Indian debut.
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