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SBD Global/July 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Board Of Control For Cricket In India Moves To Cap Referee Age-Limit At 60

Following the Board of Control for Cricket in India's move to cap the age limit for domestic-level match referees at 60, "state associations are busy zeroing on former cricketers to ensure an adequate number of competent match-referees for the next domestic season," according to Indranil Basu of the TIMES OF INDIA. To qualify for the match referee's job, "one must have played at least 25 first-class matches for the respective state." According to sources, "there has been mixed reaction to the BCCI's decision to put an age cap on match referees." The Int'l Cricket Council "has no age limit." Those who don't agree with the BCCI's decision say that "there is confusion over whether the recommendation came from the BCCI umpires committee or from some other source." A source close to the development said, "It's surprising because no one knows who has recommended this change" (TIMES OF INDIA, 7/24).
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