PCB suspends Under-13 and Under-16 tournaments due to age fraud.
According to the PCB’s high-performance director. Claiming false age to participate in a tournament is a problem that has plagued Pakistan cricket.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended the Under-16 and Under-13. National Tournaments in Pakistan due to age fraud. The PCB will conduct additional bone tests to verify age.
The PCB High-Performance Director, Nadeem Khan, stated that the visual assessment confirmed. The players were over-aged, and that suspending the event was the correct decision.
“After visual examination revealed that some over-age cricketers, were participating in the U-13 and U-16 tournaments. Suspending the events and conducting fresh bone age tests was absolutely the right thing to do.” Nadeem Khan told ESPNCricinfo.
PCB suspends Under-13 and Under-16 tournaments
Nadeem Khan also stated that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not allow these overage players to exploit system flaws and cause stress to deserving cricketers who have been denied a chance.
“The PCB, as the sole governing body of cricket in Pakistan. Cannot allow over-age cricketers to exploit system flaws, And cause demotivation and mental stress to deserving under-age cricketers and their parents,” Nadeem Khan added.
Nadeem Khan also stated that lying about one’s age in order to participate in the tournament, is a problem that has plagued Pakistan cricket. Nadeem Khan believes that this practice must end in order to protect the integrity of PCB tournaments. Khan concluded by stating that a decision will be made regarding the future participation of these, overage cricketers in future tournaments.
“Falsifying age in order to participate in age-group cricket is not only an offense. But also a problem that has plagued our system.” This must now be rectified in order to protect the tournament’s integrity. And to halt the exodus of young talented cricketers. “A decision will be made on their [overage players’] future participation in PCB-organized events,” Nadeem Khan concluded.