Young Mumbai Indian and Jammu and Kashmir pacemen Rasikh Salam is banned for two years from the under-19 squad by BCCI for submitting false certificates. Prabhat Maurya replaces Salam in the under-19 squad which was scheduled to participate in a tri-series in England from July 21.
Earlier, Salam was in the news when he got selected for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He was the third player to be selected from Jammu and Kashmir after Parvez Rasool and Manzoor Dar for the Indian Premier League.
However, BCCI has clearly mentioned that they are not going to keep any kind of criminal case against Salam and will ban him from the under-19 squad for two years.
“We are not going to pursue any criminal case against Salam. The rule is quite clear that anyone tampering with ‘date-of-birth’ or ‘place-of-issue’ will be banned for a period of two years. The CoA had discussed ‘age verification’ in the meeting but BCCI felt that in this case there was no need to file a criminal complaint,” – BCCI General Manager.
Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association were the one who brought this age factor of Salam to BCCI.
“There was a discrepancy in the age by about 6-7 months in the certificate he submitted to the school board and papers submitted to us. We immediately forwarded the matter to the BCCI for them to investigate,” – Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association CEO.
Although Salam played only one game for Mumbai Indians, he impressed with his game and was selected for the under-19 for the one-day tri-series this month. But he couldn’t stand on that selection for a longer time.