Cricket Victoria has made the big call of cancelling its youth premier league for the summer.
The statewide regional pathway program has fallen victim to COVID-19.
The scrapping of the league will deny emerging talent from the Ballarat, Grenville, Castlemaine, Gisborne, Grampians and Marybrough associations from representing the Central Highlands in state under-18 male, under-17 female, under-16 male, and under-14 male and female championships.
Cricket Victoria high performance manager Dean Russ said unfortunately circumstances would not allow the youth premier league to take place this season.
"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."
He said Cricket Victoria would look to launch a new 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 plans to have coaching and talent specialists 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.
This will include creating localised representative opportunities to ensure the best performing players are given the chance to compete at a higher level.