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Age-test hurdle in Silchar meet

Hailakandi, Feb. 28: School authorities in Cachar district are facing a tough time trying to check age fudging by under-15 players in school tournaments, according to the guidelines of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA).

The Baidyanath Trophy inter-school under-15 prize-money cricket championship, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday at Satindra Mohan Dev Stadium in Silchar, had to be deferred by a day in view of Silchar District Sports Association secretary Arijit Guptaís stand regarding compliance with the ACA rules.

Gupta told The Telegraph that the ACA has recently issued guidelines that the players of under-15 should not exceed 27 teeth but most of the players have 28 teeth.

The players of both Maharshi Vidyamandir and St Capitanio were disqualified by the team of experts constituted by the DSA after it was found that some of the players have 28 teeth despite having under-15 age certificates.

Only five players of both teams were found eligible.

Gupta said mere submission of an age certificate was not sufficient, as the players should not exceed 27 teeth.

The ACA guidelines have also mentioned the presence of molar teeth but Gupta didnít elaborate on it.

The management of both the schools later accepted the ACA norms regarding verification of the players.

The officials of all the participating school teams were called and informed about the ACA guidelines regarding the verification of age through the screening of teeth.

According to the ACA circular, the players of any under-15 cricket tournament should prove that he or she has only 27 teeth and under no circumstances the age certificate would be accepted.

Gupta added that the DSA had earlier sent the letter to all the schools and requested the school authorities to keep it in mind while constituting the cricket team for the under-15 championship.