The Board of Control for Cricket in India on November 27, 2018 announced that a cricketer guilty of age fraud will be barred from all its recognised tournaments for a period of two years.
The cricketing body said in a statement, “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.”
The problem of age fraud has existed for a long time and it is not only limited to the Indian Team or the sport of cricket.
In India, it is especially a perennial issue in junior cricket or the Under-19 team.
In his MAK Pataudi lecture in 2015, former India captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid had acknowledged age-fudging as a major problem in Indian cricket and welcomed BCCI’s decision to allow a player to compete in the U-19 World Cup only once.