The BCCI released certain measures to tackle the age and domicile fraud in cricket:
On Monday (03-08-2020), the BCCI released some measures to handle the age and domicile fraud hazard in cricket. According to the new measures accepted from the 2020-21 season, the cricketers who “willingly announce that they have manipulated their birth date by giving fake documents previously will not be suspended and permitted to take part in the right age group level in case they open their actual date of birth (DOB)”.
Along with this, the cricketers also have to submit an email or letter with their signature and supporting documents to the BCCI Age Verification Department informing their right DOB before 15th September 2020.
However, a BCCI official stated “in case the “registered cricketers don’t open up the facts and are found to have submitted fake DOB documents by the Indian Cricket Board, BCCI, then they will be forbidden for 2 years, and then after the 2-years of suspension, they will not be permitted to take part in age group matches of BCCI, and also, age-group matches hosted by the state units.”
In a release statement, president of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly said “We are giving a level-playing platform to all age groups. The BCCI is taking further steps to tackle age fraud and now it is introducing some strict rules from the upcoming domestic edition. Those players who don’t accept their faults of their own will be punished more heavily and will be suspended for two years.”
From the season of 2020-21, cricketers are submitting their fake birth certificates will be banned for 2 years from all cricketing tournaments based upon ages of state levels and BCCI.
After finishing the 2-years of ban period, such cricketers will not be permitted to take part in age group BCCI tournaments, and also age group matches hosted by state units.
Cricket players, who concluded committing domicile fraud, involving senior men, and women, will be suspended for 2 years. Voluntarily Disclosure Scheme will not be applicable to players who have done domicile fraud.