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CAB is all set to crack the whip

Calcutta: Fudge age at your own peril. That’s the message the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) gave to the cricket coaching centres at a meeting on Wednesday.

The CAB secretary Subir Ganguly, treasurer Biswarup Dey and Sridhar Nageshwaran, chairman of the sub-junior cricket committee, were present at the meeting, which was attended by “over 120 coaching centres”.

The Ambar Roy under-14 tournament were at the centre of a major controversy after it was found that many of the participating teams had fudged the age of the players.

“We told them that we will not take any responsibility. The coaching centres will be responsible for their actions. We have made the rules and by-laws more stringent. Henceforth, no outstation players will be allowed to play in the under-14 and under-17 tournaments.

“If caught, the concerned coaching centre and the coach will be suspended for 10 years and the player will be banned for life,” Ganguly said.

Meanwhile, to bring in uniformity in coaching style, the CAB will send A-level coaches to the 65 sub-divisions of the state for the next six months. This will start from Sunday.

“A-level coaches will be going to the sub-divisions to oversee the training. They will be interacting with the coaches as well as the players,” Ganguly added.