India U-19 World Cup winner Manjot Kalra’s parents committed age fraud, claims Delhi Police
Manot Kalra (AFP Photo)

A day after news broke about Jammu and Kashmir young pacer Rasikh Salam fudged his age, a charge sheet filed by Delhi police claims Delhi batsman and U-19 World Cup winner Manjot Kalra is a year older than in the BCCI records.

READ: Mumbai Indians pacer Rasikh Salam in age-fudge controversy

Another big name to have found his name in the aforementioned chargesheet is Nitish Rana who has represented Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

As per a report in The Indian Express, Kalra was born on 15 January 1998 and not 15 January 1999 as per BCCI records. Since the police field the FIR when Kalra was a minor, his parents have been named in the charge sheet.

“It is crystal clear that the date of birth of Manjot Kalra has been fudged/changed by his parents in order to give him undue benefit of playing with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). It is proved beyond doubt that the birth certificate of Manjot Kalra has been fudged/changed by his parents,” the charge sheet claims.

Kalra scored an unbeaten 101 as India overhauled the target of 217 against Australia to win a record fourth U-19 world cup title in 2018.

The FIRs were filed in 2014 and 2015 based on former India international Kirti Azad’s complaints.

Current Delhi & District Cricket Associations secretary Vinod Tihara has also been named by the police. He was convenor of sports working committee of DDCA, owner of Lal Bahadur Shastri Cricket Club where the alleged over-aged cricketers played and also a member of the management of Vidya Jain Public School where they were studying.

“…. From the above investigation it is evident that Vinod Tihara showed rosy pictures to the parents of Manjot Kalra and it was under his allurement they fudged the birth date of their son, get (sic) him admitted to Vidya Jain Public School with birth certificate fudged, which was later on used and submitted with the DDCA on the instructions of accused Vinod Tihara,” the charge sheet stated.

Delhi Police have found 11 players guilty of age-fraud having obtained false certificates from municipal authorities so as to gain entry in lower age-group cricket competitions, the report further claims.