Age fraud has been a much talked about thing in Indian cricket for now after U19 player Manjot Kalra and Mohammed Shami were accused of age fraud. Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan claimed that Shami’s age was written 33 on his pan card while his driving license read some other age. Once, former India opener Virender Sehwag joked about the age of Amit Mishra and said that the real age is not revealed by some cricketers.
Two years ban if found guilty of age fraud
Meanwhile, BCCI has taken a strict decision against age fraud on Tuesday and said that actions will be taken if the player is found guilty of misguiding about their age. The cricket body also said that the player will be banned for two years and will not be allowed to play in any event organized by BCCI.
“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,” a statement by BCCI read.
“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,” the statement added.
BCCI had earlier banned a Meghalaya cricketer Jaskirat Singh Sachdeva for presenting a fake birth certificate to play in the U19 tournaments.