The problem of age fudging has made it to the headlines once again with yet another player from Delhi being at the centre of the storm. In the last few years, Delhi cricket has witnessed a number of cases related to age fudging. Earlier this year, U19 World Cup-winning star Manjot Kalra had faced the same allegations.

According to Delhi Police’s special investigation unit of crime branch, Kalra is a year older than he claims to be. The crime branch was probing several cases of age fudging among those playing junior cricket in the capital and Kalra is also found guilty of the same.  According to the chargesheet filed before the chief metropolitan magistrate, Tis Hazari Courts, Kalra’s original date of birth is January 15, 1998 and not January 15, 1999 as indicated in the BCCI records.

In 2017, Kolkata Knight Riders star Nitish Rana was among 22 cricketers barred by the BCCI for representing Delhi in age-group tournaments after discrepancies were discovered in their dates of birth.
In September 2011, Ankit Bawne was removed from the India Under-19 squad after the date of birth in his passport didn’t match the one in his birth certificate and the BCCI’s records.

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Nitish Rana
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Earlier this year, Jammu and Kashmir pacer Rasikh Salam was also found guilty of the same offence. Salam, who played for Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL, was banned for two years due to age-fudging.

Another Delhi cricketer banned:

Prince Ram Niwas Yadav, a player registered by Delhi & District Cricket Association in U-19 age group category in 2018-19 season & re-registered in 2019-20, is disqualified with immediate effect for age fudging. He has been banned from participating in any 2020-21&2021-22 BCCI domestic cricket seasons.

According to BCCI, the documents provided by Prince Ram Niwas Yadav did not match his school documents and the board was swift to act on. He will now be allowed to play only after two years and only can only play for the senior Delhi sid.

“As per recently issued birth certificate submitted by Prince Ram Niwas Yadav, his date of birth is 12th Dec 2001. But, BCCI checked records with CBSE & it was found that he had passed Class 10 in 2012 & his actual date of birth is 10th June 1996,” stated BCCI.

“Prince Ram Niwas Yadav acquired multiple birth certificates to gain undue advantage in BCCI age-group tournaments. After completion of his 2-year ban, he is only allowed to participate in Senior Men’s Cricket tournaments,” the board added.