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Pakistan Cricket Board suspends U-13, U-16 tournaments due to age fraud

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Jan 18, 2022 09:26 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], January 18 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended the continuing National U-13 and U-16 One-Day Tournaments after the board turned conscious that some over-aged cricketers had been collaborating within the occasions going down in Karachi and Multan, respectively.
PCB has determined to conduct a 3rd spherical of bone age verification exams, following which the groups could also be revised earlier than each tournaments begin subsequent week from scratch.
In response to PCB, bone age exams in Multan, the place every Cricket Affiliation has fielded two groups every, will probably be performed on Tuesday and Wednesday, whereas exams on 150 cricketers (together with enjoying members, touring reserves and reserve pool of gamers per aspect) collaborating within the U13 occasion in Karachi will probably be held on Tuesday.
“After visual assessment confirmed that some over-age cricketers were participating in the U13 and U16 tournaments, suspending the events and conducting fresh bone age tests was absolutely the right thing to do,” PCB Director – Excessive Efficiency, Nadeem Khan stated in a press release.

“The PCB, as the sole governing body of cricket in Pakistan, cannot allow over-age cricketers to take advantage of the flaws in the system and cause demotivation and mental stress to deserving under-age cricketers as well as their parents.
“Falsifying age to develop into eligible to take part in age-group cricket just isn’t solely an offence however a menace that has been plaguing our system. This now must be corrected to guard the integrity of the tournaments in addition to to cease the exodus of younger gifted cricketers,” he added.
Players found over-aged following the latest bone age tests, will not be allowed to participate in these competitions.
The country’s cricket board said before the PCB takes appropriate actions, it will provide these players a two-day appeals window at the back of the fresh tests, during which the players can either undergo another round of bone age test or submit their original birth certificates and other supporting documents to verify their ages.
PCB said Until the tournaments resume, the teams will remain at their stations and will continue to train and practice under the supervision of the PCB-appointed coaches. (ANI)

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