Cricket Victoria's Youth Premier League tournament has been placed on hold for the 2020/21 season due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Planning for the statewide tournament had been significantly disrupted.
Cricket Victoria will continue to work closely with affiliates to ensure local competitions get their respective seasons underway safely when government and public health restrictions allow.
Throughout the upcoming season, Cricket Victoria and associations will aim to create localised representative opportunities to ensure the best performing players are given the chance to compete at a higher level.
Cricket Victoria’s Coaching and Talent specialists will continue to play a key role in identifying and nurturing promising male and female players while also offering opportunities to further develop their cricketing experience.
“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 CEO 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.”
Cricket Victoria will look to launch a new Youth Premier League pathway system ahead of the 2021/22 season that will continue to focus on providing statewide representative opportunities for emerging young players.
“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’s High Performance Manager Dean Russ said.