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JSCA age test for U-16 cricketers

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has shortlisted 44 Under-16 players for age verification test on Monday, with the hope that all will come out clean.

Budding cricketers will go for the test at Ranchi’s Orchid Hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday. The formalities will be completed by Raju Kumar Sharma, the age verification programme officer appointed by the JSCA.

Of the 44 players, 11 are from Jamshedpur, six each from Ranchi and Dhanbad, five from West Singhbhum, four from Bokaro, two each from Ramgarh and Godda, and one each from Dumka, Garhwa, Hazaribagh, Jamtara, Pakur, Palamau, Sahebganj and Seraikela-Kharsawan.

According to JSCA assistant secretary Aseem Kumar Singh, wrist X-rays of the boys would be taken. “The JSCA is conducting tests under instructions from the BCCI. We are hoping the recorded ages of shortlisted players match the bone test results,” he said.

Singh, also the convener of junior selection committees, added that the X-ray reports would be dispatched to the BCCI in Mumbai where it would be re-verified by a panel of three radiologists, including one from abroad.

“We will start selection and preparatory camps for the boys after we get the report from the board, most likely by August-end,” he added.

Last year, the JSCA had faced a major embarrassment when 33 Under-16 players out of 53 were found to be older after a verification test. They were suspended for two years.