Acting tough: The JSCA office in Jamshedpur
The ghost of age-fudging has returned to haunt sporting circles with Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) suspending two overage cricketers from the ongoing Inter-district Under-14 (Elite) tournament at Chaibasa in West Singhbhum.
Aditya Swaroop Singh and Ashutosh Kumar, both from Ranchi, had fudged their ages to take part in the meet. The foul play came to light after verification of their birth certificates at JSCA office in Jamshedpur on Sunday. They might be banned from playing cricket for two years.
According to JSCA assistant secretary Aseem Kumar Singh, the two had submitted age certificates, which differed from the ones they had produced in 2013. “While the documents submitted by them in 2013 were certified by the municipal body in Garhwa, the papers produced by the duo this year were issued by Ranchi Municipal Corporation,” he said.
Singh confirmed over phone from Chaibasa that the players had been suspended from the tournament.
“A rival team tipped me about the foul play committed by the two young cricketers. I went to Jamshedpur and verified the papers myself. The allegations were found to be true. Immediately, I suspended Aditya and Ashutosh and informed tournament sub-committee chairman Manoj Kumar Singh about the decision,” Singh added.
Ranchi has already played three matches in the Chaibasa meet that started on March 26 and both the players featured in all the games.
Singh said that the JSCA tournament sub-committee would now take a call on the fate of the two players at its meeting in April.
Sources, however, said that it was more or less confirmed that the two would not be allowed to participate in the Inter-district Under-16 (Elite) tourney to be held in Chaibasa and Bokaro from April 26.
“Both are likely to be banned for two years. Players hiding their age paints a sorry picture for the state body,” a JSCA functionary said on condition of anonymity.
In 2013, the tournament sub-committee had suspended a bunch of 33 Under-16 cricketers for two years after they were found to be overage during tests conducted by the BCCI.