BCCI announces two years ban for age fraudulence
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday, announced that any cricketer found guilty of age fraud will be banned from for two years.
A BCCI statement, released on the day said,
“The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments.”
“As conveyed to state associations at the start of the season, BCCI wishes to reiterate that from the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons,” it added.
Age fraudulence has become a major problem in the junior level of Indian cricket. Earlier in September, the BCCI had banned a Meghalaya-bound Delhi player, Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva, for producing a fake birth certificate to play in an Under-19 tournament.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, in 2016, acknowledged age-fudging as a major problem in Indian cricket and welcomed BCCI’s decision to allow a player to compete in the Under-19 World Cup only once.
In the neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan, age fudging became perennial where even cricketers from senior age groups revealed untrue age categories to grab the benefit of being in the supply chain for the respective national teams.