Forging age has become a new menace in many of the cricket associations all over India and though the said associations and courts are trying their best in order to curb this wrongdoing, it seems parents and players are finding newer and better ways to dodge the system and take undue advantage. An older player playing in a younger age group gets a massive advantage and hence there is often news of players getting caught and banned.
Recently, a player registered with the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) in the U19 age group, Prince Ram Niwas Yadav was found to have forged his records of age while registering himself. He has been now banned from participating in any of the tournaments in 2020-21 and 2021-22 domestic cricket seasons by the Indian cricket board and has been disqualified by the BCCI with immediate effect.
Birth certificate gets player disqualified from DDCA
The Central Board of Secondary Education furnished a certificate to the BCCI about the age of Prince Ram Niwas Yadav in which his date of birth was June 10, 1996. However, in the birth certificate submitted by the player during registration, his birth date was mentioned as 12, December 2001.
In an e-mail sent to the DDCA, the BCCI said, “Prince Ram Niwas Yadav (Player ID 12968), a player registered by DDCA in the U-19 age group category in 2018-19 season and re-registered in 2019-20. As per the recently issued birth certificate submitted by the cricketer, his date of birth is 12th December 2001.”
BCCI: As per recently issued birth certificate submitted by Prince Ram Niwas Yadav, his date of birth is 12th Dec 2001. But, BCCI checked records with CBSE & it was found that he had passed Class 10 in 2012 & his actual date of birth is 10th June 1996. https://t.co/s3dl1ppZTY
— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2019
“Acting on a complaint received about the cricketer being over-age, the BCCI checked his records with Central Board of Secondary Education and it was found that Mr Prince Yadav has passed Class X in 2012 and his actual date of birth is 10th June 1996,” the BCCI said in its statement as quoted by firstpost.com. The Indian board also mentioned that Yadav had acquired multiple fake birth certificates in order to get undue advantages in age-group tournaments.
“In view of the above, Mr Prince Yadav is disqualified with immediate effect and banned from participating in any BCCI tournaments for 2 seasons i.e. 2020-21 and 2021-22 BCCI domestic cricket seasons. Further, after completion of his 2-year ban, he is only allowed to participate in Senior Men’s Cricket tournaments,” the board further mentioned.
Apart from him, there are also age forging going against U19 World Cup-winning star Manjot Kalra and Delhi FC player Himmat Singh, given that the cases of such frauds have graduated to senior level also.
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