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Acting extremely tough on the menace of fraudulent documentation in the game, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), on Tuesday (June 20), filed police complaints against five players for alleged submission of forged documents at the time of registration with the Association. The accused players are identified as Soham Panwalkar, Mohammad Faiz Rathod, Amey Chemburkar, Govind Yadav and Altamash Khan.
“The association is continuing on the path of investigating different cases of players registered with suspicious documents and will proceed with lodging police complaints against the guilty players,” a statement issued by the MCA on Tuesday said.
The statement further stated that the legal committee of the association is also in the process of finalising the procedure to be followed in cases where players are found guilty on a similar charge. Every player needs to register with the MCA if he wants to play for Mumbai in various tournaments.
“MCAs legal committee is also in the process of finalising the procedure to be followed in cases, where players are guilty of submitting forged documents,” it added.
The decision to file a criminal complaint against those who’ve allegedly submitted forged documents was taken at the MCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month.
“The decision to lodge a complaint was taken at the MCAs annual general meeting. The Managing Committee members were today informed about this decision,” MCA source was quoted as saying by the PTI.
The menace of fraud documentation and age-fudging in Indian cricket has been prevailing since a long time. Earlier this year in May, the MCA had banned as many as 16 overage players across various age groups (under-14, 16, 19 and 23) from participating in summer vacation camps and tournaments. In 2015, the BCCI had barred 22 cricketers of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) including Nitish Rana from taking part in the age-group cricket tournaments on the allegations of age-fudging. One year later, the Indian cricket board had suspended seven senior women cricketers and 12 Under-19 players of Odisha for one year.
According to MCA’s guidelines, a registering player must be a genuine resident of the area under the jurisdiction of MCA, namely Mumbai and Thane districts (extending up to Palghar district in the western suburbs, Badlapur in the central suburbs and Navi Mumbai up to and including Kharghar).