The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to conduct bone density tests for age verification of players across the country has thrown up shocking results.
Many under-16 cricketers from across the country have been found overage in the results that were out on Friday.
However, state associations have questioned the authenticity of the results.
Till last year, state associations conducted the bone tests to keep a tab on the players’ age. However, from this season, the BCCI has decided to conduct these tests.
The tests were conducted in mid-September for various age groups at BCCI-approved hospitals.
Out of the 32 probables for Mumbai’s U-16 team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy that starts on December 7, eleven have been found to be overage.
HT has also learnt that 15 Punjab players have been found overage with similar numbers reported from many other states as well.
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary PV Shetty said this has happened for the first time.
“Even when we conducted tests, there would be a case or two, but eleven is surprising,” he told HT.
“I have spoken to our president (Ravi Savant) and he will take it up with the BCCI. Since such numbers have come up in many states, we will all approach the board together in the next two days.”
The MCA had allowed the players to submit written objections and five players had done that by Friday evening.
Punjab Cricket Association secretary, MP Pandove, told HT, “Yes, the BCCI had conducted tests and the results were to come. I’ll confirm the number of players who have flunked the tests tomorrow.”
BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said players found to be overage will not be allowed to participate in that age group.
“The tests were conducted as per BCCI’s regulations. Those who are found to be overage will be barred from playing,” Jagdale told HT.
In Delhi, former India skipper Bishan Singh Bedi has written to Jagdale recently, complaining that the state’s U-14 skipper possessed two age certificates and that there were other overage players as well.