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33 Jharkhand cricketers banned for being 'overage'

Posted on Feb 04, 03:52PM | UNI

Jamshedpur, Feb 4 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has found 33 players of under 16 age category of Team India skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni's home state Jharkhand 'over age' and guilty of producing fake certificates following which they have been banned for two years, Assistant Secretary of Jharkhand State Cricket Association Aseem K Singh today said.

'A total of 52 under 16 players were short-listed but 33 of them failed to pass the age verifying radiation test of the BCCI conducted in Mumbai. They were subsequently banned by the JSCA for two years,' Singh said.

The players were repeatedly warned not to produce fake certificates after a similar incident in September-October last year when some players were also banned for being overage and giving fake age certificates, he said.

Mr Singh said the BCCI also did additional verification test in Mumbai this time apart from the test in Apollo Hospital, Ranchi. The board has recognised some hospitals in each state to verify the age of cricketers, who are playing in the tournaments organised by BCCI or its affiliated associations.