BCCI has cracked whip on overage cricketers: Ratnakar Shetty

With the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 inter-school tournament starting on Tuesday, BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty has said the board has cracked down on overage players in inter-school tournaments.

updated: February 18, 2013 21:58 IST
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Mumbai: The BCCI has cracked the whip on players who fudged their age this season and disqualified many of them on the basis of their X-ray reports, said BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

"We have become very harsh. Many children, who wanted to qualify themselves on the basis of birth certificates, were disqualified. We made X-ray test compulsory along with birth certificate and the result was good," he said at the launch of the Mumbai leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 inter-school tournament.

"If you play under-16 tournament, then a level playing field is important. He should get an opportunity based on the cricketing skills. If an over-age boy plays then it is a disadvantage for kids who are good and it is a loss for them. These overage players have no future later. This shouldn't happen," said the BCCI's General Manager for Game Development.

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