March 1, 2021

BCCI to not punish gamers in the event that they admit to age fudging, two-year ban in any other case

New Delhi: The BCCI on Monday stated it’ll grant amnesty to registered gamers who voluntarily declare any age fraud however these discovered to be in breach of the uncommon scheme could possibly be slapped with a two-year suspension. The measures will likely be relevant to all cricketers taking part within the board’s age-group tournaments from the 2020-21 season onwards.

“Below this scheme, gamers who voluntarily declare that they’ve manipulated their date of beginning by submitting faux/tampered paperwork previously is not going to be suspended and allowed to take part within the acceptable age group stage in the event that they disclose their precise date of beginning (DOB),” the BCCI stated in a launch.

“Gamers need to submit a signed letter/e-mail together with supporting paperwork to BCCI Age Verification Dept. revealing their precise DOB earlier than 15th September 2020.”

The apex physique additionally made it clear that if the gamers do not settle for it now and are later discovered to be responsible of age fraud then they are going to be closely sanctioned.

“Nonetheless, if registered gamers don’t disclose the info and are discovered to have submitted faux/tampered DOB proof paperwork by BCCI, then they are going to be banned for two years, and after completion of 2-year suspension, they won’t be allowed to take part in age group tournaments of BCCI, in addition to, age group tournaments organized by the State Models.”

The BCCI additionally stated that “all cricketers committing Domicile fraud, together with senior males & ladies, will likely be banned for two years” and “voluntary disclosure scheme doesn’t apply for cricketers who’ve dedicated domicile fraud.”

Each BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and his former India teammate Rahul Dravid, who’s now the NCA head, had emphasised on sternly coping with the problem of age fraud.

Amongst different measures, the governing physique stated for the under-16 age group event “solely gamers who’re between 14-16 years outdated will likely be permitted to register.”

“Within the Below-19 age group, if a participant’s beginning is discovered to be registered greater than 2 years after beginning, as talked about within the beginning certificates, then there will likely be restrictions on the variety of years allowed to take part within the BCCI Below-19 tournaments.”

Ganguly stated that the board is dedicated to make sure a stage enjoying area for aggressive participation of gamers in its age-group tournaments.

“The BCCI has been taking steps to counter age fraud and at the moment are introducing even stricter measures from the upcoming home season. Those that don’t voluntarily disclose their misdemeanour will likely be punished closely and will likely be banned for 2 years.”

The BCCI has a devoted 24X7 helpline for anybody to report age fraud.

“BCCI has a zero-tolerance method in direction of age fraud in cricket. Not solely have we devoted a 24/7 helpline to counter this menace, however the Board additionally has a system in place that completely examines, and cross-verifies paperwork submitted by its registered gamers,” stated BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

“The Voluntary Disclosure Scheme will present those that have dedicated the fraud an opportunity to come back ahead and admit their offence.”

Former India captain Dravid urged gamers to come back ahead and comply with the board’s directives.

“Age fraud is a severe matter and is detrimental to the well being of the game. Many kids who’re alleged to be enjoying in a selected age group fail to make it owing to age fraud,” he stated.

“With the BCCI taking stern actions to curb this, it’s only advisable for the gamers to come back ahead and abide by the directives issued by the Board.”