02 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned two cricketers of Odisha for two years over alleged age-fudging.
The two cricketers, Rajesh Mohanty and Krishna Palai have been banned for two years for allegedly submitting fake age certificates, reports said.
The players were banned after inconsistencies were observed by the BCCI in the age certificates submitted by them when those were collated with certificates/documents submitted by them in the previous season.
All attempts by Ommcom News to contact Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Sanjay Behera over phone for his comments/confirmation on the BCCI's action went futile as he was not reachable.
However, it’s not a full ban since BCCI in its Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting on June 29 this year had decided to relax the age fraud rule. The CoA decided to allow the players, who are found guilty of age fraud or birth certificate tampering, to play in inter-club matches or tournaments in the second year of their two-year ban.
Earlier, cricketers found guilty of age fraud were suspended or banned from playing any BCCI matches for the entire duration of the ban. But after deliberation the CoA had decided to revise the policy.