Mumbai Indians and Jammu and Kashmir pacer Rasikh Salam has suffered a huge blow early in his career due to age fudging. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Wednesday, handed a two-year ban to the youngster after he was found to have submitted a faulty birth certificate to the board.
Earlier this month, Jammu and Kashmir State Board of Education had informed the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) that the cricketer fudged his age. The documents show that the board has made it clear to the JKCA that the age Salam has provided to the cricket association doesn’t match that of the board’s record (as registered during his Class 10 examination). IANS had accessed those records and found Rashikh Salam of fudging his age.
JKCA then asked the BCCI to check the same before taking the next step. Just a week before that revelation, Rasikh Salam had made it to the India U-19 team for the one-day Tri-series in England. But after the latest development, he has lost his place in the side. Prabhat Maurya has replaced Rasikh Salam in the side for the series that also features Bangladesh.
Age fudging is nothing new in Indian cricket. Recently, Manjot Kalra, Man of the Match in the final of the 2018 U-19 World Cup, also found himself in the same controversy. He is still awaiting to learn his fate. If found guilty, Kalra could also face heavy punishment.