India news July 19, 2013

Karan Viradiya guilty of altering age for U-19 selection

ESPNcricinfo staff

Karan Viradiya, the Gujarat batsman, has been removed from India's Under-19 squad because his passport and school leaving certificate showed different dates of birth.

According to his school-leaving certificate, Viradiya's date of birth was October 17, 1994. But when corroborated against his passport, it was found that his actual date of birth was April 17, 1994, which would make him ineligible for selection to India's U-19 squad. Viradiya had been named in the 15-member squad to tour Sri Lanka for two four-day matches, which begin on July 23.

He will be replaced by Andhra batsman Ricky Bhui, who had been named in the limited-overs squad and will now play in the earlier part of the tour also.

"We went through the documents thoroughly," Rajesh Patel, Gujarat Cricket Association secretary, told DNA. "However, the player had not submitted his passport, and we forwarded his name to the BCCI, purely on the basis of his school certificate.

"The BCCI has been very strict (with age-related fraud) after the Ankit Bawne incident," Patel said. "It's very embarrassing. Now we will have to ask players to submit their passports too."

Bawne, the Maharashtra batsman, was replaced as captain of India's U-19 squad in 2011 after a discrepancy in his date of birth was uncovered.

Viradiya had been selected in the squad after enjoying a successful U-19 Col CK Nayudu Trophy last season, in which he aggregated over 400 runs.

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  • Jayaesh on July 19, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    @SirRaviJ , yes you are right he is still 19 in either case , but BCCI or ICC takes the actual start date of u-19 World cup as an yardstick, next WC is in july 2014 and a prospective candidate has to be below the age of 20 before july 1,2014 but since Viradiya's passport d.o.b is 17 april 1994 he would be exactly 20 years 2 months when cuttoff date of 1 july 1994 is taken in to account hence rendering him ineligible ...

  • Arun on July 19, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    The problem lies in not giving importance to Birth Certificate.Unfortunately even today School Leaving certificate is being considered as a proof for Date of Birth.When joining school people tend to change their Date of Birth in order join earlier or in some cases when joining late they reduce the age.High time Birth Certificate as the age proof for all purpose be made mandatory.Understandable that people born in 50's/60's may not have Birth Certificate.But a person born in 1990's not having a birth certificate should not be allowed.

  • Abhaya on July 19, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    i was wondering how this makes him ineligible to compete in U-19 arena since he is still a 19 year old according to his school certificates

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @ Carolus Sturge : in proper cricketing nations, batters would have walked when they are out. I guess it's just that proper ashes pressure, ain't it?

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This just doesn't happen in proper cricketing nations.

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