There has been widespread anger at Cricket Ireland's decision to scrap the Under 13 inter-provincial tournament in a bizarre move by the governing body.

On the eve of Ireland's first Test match at a time when the game should be looking to broaden its appeal, the move to axe the competition for the youngsters has left officials and youth coaches scratching their head.

There would appear to be quite a bit of confusion regarding Cricket Irelandís plans for youth cricket in general with muddled thinking being the order of the day.

On one hand they are scrapping the Under13 series, however at the same time they have compiled a Winter U13 training panel.

This would seem to be meaningless if competitive games are not to be offered to these boys during the summer.

Unions are making their own plans to offer their young players fixtures in the short term.

"It's taken us years to develop and nurture our youth structures and Cricket Ireland just decide to dump it!" said one leading official. "It's all part of a report produced last year which has united the Unions in opposition to the move.

"We are making plans to continue with the series independently without the support of Cricket Ireland, and discussions are at an advanced stage with arranging fixtures for this age group.

"The NW have still to confirm participation though due to budget constraints, but we are hopeful of getting around that."

Let us hope that Cricket Ireland rethink the decision and decide to invest in competitive cricket for the youngsters.