By Cricket Country Staff
Bangalore: Jun 16, 2012
The Board or Control for Cricket (BCCI) has sought to bring in changes to existing rules to tackle the problem of players misrepresenting their age.
The BCCI's Working Committee, last month, decided that the Board would implement a standard procedure for age verification.
The committee decided to use Tanner-Whitehouse3 (TW3) method of testing, following a recommendation from its junior committee. This, incidentally, is the method used by the Asian Cricket Council as well. Though BCCI has been conducting bone tests for a while now, officials are now convinced that the TW3 method of bone tests would serve the purpose better.
"Once the age is recorded in our books, there will be no alteration allowed," a BCCI source was quoted saying by Times of India.
The TW3 test would be used to corroborate the certificate and where there are contradictions, the age as determined by the tests would prevail.
Someone like Javagal Srinath, the former India pacer and current secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, a late bloomer himself, has always spoken about how many cricketers are lost to the system once they cross the U-19 and U-22 levels, can now rejoice.
This will bring back into the fold those that are still capable of making a career out of cricket. Spinners, especially, who are said to mature later than the rest, will have more reasons to carry on.