BCCI finally cracks the whip on the malpractice of age-fudging. © File Photo/BCCI
Age-fudging is one complication several sporting federations around the world have struggled with. Now, cracking the whip on the malpractice, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday declared that any cricketer found guilty of tampering with their date of birth will be barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for two years. In an official statement, the cricket board said, “Wish to reiterate that from the 2018-19 season, any cricketer who is found guilty of tampering his/her date of birth will be disqualified and barred from participating in any BCCI tournament for a period of 2 years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.”
The release also states: “The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments.”
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