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Wednesday , January 16 , 2013
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Kumble questions BCCI’s method

New Delhi: Former India captain and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Anil Kumble has raised questions about the Board of Control for Cricket In India’s age-verification process for various junior level tournaments.

However, it was reliably learnt that BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan was not on the same page with India’s highest wicket-taker in international cricket.

Kumble raised objections about the Board’s prescribed ‘bone density’ tests for determining the age of the U-16, U-19 cricketers, at the Board’s working committee meeting, which was held on Tuesday.

“Anil raised the issue at the working committee meeting. His contention was that the ‘bone density’ test is not foolproof.

“There are a lot of discrepancies and he asked the president to think about an alternative. However, the president informed that the existing system was good enough and doesn’t need any change,” a senior BCCI official, who was present at the meeting, revealed.

“I don’t want to comment on this issue,” was Kumble’s reply when contacted for a reaction.

Early last year, the Mumbai U-16 team had 11 out of its 16 players reported for over-age after Tanner-Whitehouse3 (TW3) test, which determines skeletal maturity, was conducted.

While the TW3 test was recommended by Dr Vece Paes during his association with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), it has recently been done away with as the BCCI has reverted back to its old method of ‘bone density’ test.