Musheer Khan will not be allowed to play cricket for Mumbai or any local tournament till January 14, 2022.

Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) three-year ban on 14-year-old Musheer Khan for flashing at a team-mate has evoked mixed response from the cricket fraternity with some terming the sentence to be a career-threatening one. MCA on their part reckon their decision would act as a deterrent for other players. (ALSO READ: Ban on Mumbai U-16 skipper for obscenity will act as deterrent for others: MCA)

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar feels the punishment imposed on Musheer is a little harsh. Vengsarkar – a former chief of national sectors – feels it is the right time for the MCA and even the BCCI to start counselling centres, more so after the Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul controversy.

“I don’t want to comment on the decision of the ad hoc committee as I was out of India and do not know the details but on the face of it, this ban (on Musheer) looks a bit harsh,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by the Times of India on Sunday. (ALSO READ: Let Pandya, Rahul play while inquiry is on: CK Khanna urges CoA)

“The BCCI must make young cricketers undergo counselling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Similarly, the MCA must also introduce counselling for its young players as many of them come from a humble background,” said Vengsarkar.

Musheer, the captain of the Mumbai Under-16 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy, was banned by the MCA for allegedly ‘flashing’ at a team-mate during a brawl. He will not be allowed to play cricket for Mumbai or any local tournament till January 14, 2022.