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Earlier this year, Pakistan’s sensational youngster Naseem Shah, who made the Test debut against Australia last year, was under the scanner for age fudging. There was massive controversy over his age after which he was dropped from the U-19 World Cup 2020. The reports suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had set up investigation at their own level to find out the pacer’s real age. However, until now, the board has not taken any action or decision on the 16-year-old.
Well, it is no surprise that Indian cricketers have also been surrounded by the allegations for age-fudging to play in the age group level competitions. The U-19 and U-23 competitions play a significant role in a cricketer’s career. They are marked to give instant fame to cricketers at an early age. Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill are one of the examples.
Thus, some players cover-up their real age to get an opportunity at the age-group competition. So, here, in this article, we have listed the five Indian players who have been caught for age-fudging to play age-group cricket:
5. Prince Ram Niwas Yadav:
Last year, BCCI disqualified and banned the Delhi cricketer, Prince Yadav, for playing the next two domestic seasons after he was found guilty for age fudging in the U-19 tournaments.
The action was taken after BCCI verified his Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) document with the one he submitted to the board. In his CBSE documents, the birthdate was mentioned on June 10, 1996, while the cricketer submitted a birth certificate to the BCCI in which date of birth was shown to be December 12, 2001.
The BCCI in their official statement also stated that Yadav had acquired multiple certificates to get undue advantages in age-group competition.