BCCI announces new sanctions for age fraud
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a new disclosure scheme for all the players called Voluntary Disclosure Scheme to take measures against age fraud.
Age fraud is been another raising problem around the game in recent days. The best example was in the case of former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi. Some days back too, there was some confusion with his age in the COVID-19 report of the former cricketer.
In India also, the U19 player Manjot Kalra was found guilt of age fraud and was handed a one-year ban by DDCA. There are some more players in India too related to this issue namely, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, and Rashikh Salam.
Meanwhile, BCCI has introduced a new disclosure scheme named Voluntary Disclosure Scheme for players to verify their age with the related documents before September 20th. Players are required to submit a signed letter/email along with supporting documents to BCCI’s Age Verification Department.
According to the new rule from BCCI, if a player failed to verify his age and found guilt with the previous records, the player will be banned for two years and will not be eligible to feature in any age-group tournaments hosted by BCCI or state associations even after the ban.
“We are committed to providing a level-playing field across all age groups. The BCCI has been taking steps to counter age fraud and are now introducing even stricter measures from the upcoming domestic season. Those who do not voluntarily disclose their misdemeanour will be punished heavily and will be banned for two years,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said.
“Age fraud is a serious matter and is detrimental to the health of the sport. Many youngsters who are supposed to be playing in a particular age group fail to make it owing to age fraud. With the BCCI taking stern actions to curb this, it is only advisable for the players to come forward and abide by the directives issued by the Board,” he added.