Junior players faking their actual age has been under the scanner for a few years now © Getty Images
Junior players faking their actual age has been under the scanner for a few years now © Getty Images

 

New Delhi: Dec 29, 2013

 

A Delhi Court has directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider the age of players on the basis of birth certificates or adopt a scientific method to determine the age in the absence of genuine documentary proof.

 

Accepting the plea of Yash Sehrawat and Aryan Sehrawat, who were denied permission to play an under-16 cricket tournament by the BCCI citing over-age, Justice V K Jain rejected the Tanner Whitehouse 3 (TW-3) method adopted by the cricket body to ascertain their age for the tournament.

 

The court directed BCCI to verify the genuineness and authenticity of the documents, including the school certificates, filed by the petitioners as proof of their respective date of birth, within four weeks of submission.

 

“If on such verification, the respondents (BCCI and Delhi District Cricket Association) find that the documents are genuine documents, they would record the date of birth of the petitioners in their data base and would accordingly consider them for playing in the tournaments for which they are found to be eligible.”

 

BCCI had conducted their age determination test using TW-3 method at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi. According to which both of them were found to be above 16 years of age and not eligible for the tournament.

 

Expressing displeasure over the manner in which BCCI had rejected the documentary evidence of the petitioners, the court referred to various judgements and said in the absence of such documents to prove the age, any other scientific method can be adopted. .