HC admits over age players plea against DDCA and BCCI

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday admitted a petition that accuses the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of allowing over age players to get selected in under-16 and under-19 teams and play.It says that this June, 47 players were selected and trained by the DDCA. However, six months later, 15 of them were found to be over age for the team that they were selected for.Treating the petition as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Justice S Murlidhar on Friday referred it to a division bench for January hearing. The court, however, has yet not issued notices to the accused parties that also include the Union government.Petitioner Rajiv Gupta, father of a budding cricketer, has alleged that the DDCA by selecting and allowing over age players to play in various tournaments has thereby ” affected and foreclosed” the rights of the eligible under age players to show their talent and play for the state of Delhi.Citing a specific incident, the petitioner claimed that this June the DDCA selected tentatively 46 players in an extremely ” arbitrary and incoherent manner”. ” It is submitted that these 46 players who were short listed were given a comprehensive training to play for DDCA in various tournaments where players under the age of 16 only were to play. However, in October, when the DDCA was to select the final team, the players were sent to Apollo Hospital for getting their age tested and it was found that 17 players were overage and were not fit to play the tournament,” said the petition. ” Interestingly, barely two days after this, another report from a private doctor from Apollo Hospital declared two of the 17 players to be within the age of 16 years and thus competent to play the tournament.” The petitioner has also raised objections to the process followed by the DDCA for determining the age of the cricketers.advertisement” The DDCA in its endeavours to select the players of its choice has adopted a mechanism whereby a player is sent for the medical examination only once and thereafter he is allowed to play for subsequent years even if he becomes overage as per the date of birth provided by him,” said the petition.The petition further explains that the procedure adopted by the DDCA re- introduces the old malice of cheating on age as players comfortably manages a date of birth certificate that allow them to remain in the team for next three years.” The practice also saves the medical practitioner as all he has to do is to ascertain whether the player sent to him is of 19 years or below on the date of examination and he nowhere has to give an opinion on the age of the player on the date of the examination,” said the petition.However, other states have adopted a fair mechanism, according to which the doctor concerned has to give a specific opinion as to the age of the player on the date of examination.Also, the players are sent for age determination tests every year before being selected in the team. ” It shall be pertinent to mention that even the DDCA was earlier following the practice but recently, for reasons arbitrary, capricious and malafide, the said practice, was discontinued without any plausible reason,” the petition added.The petition seeks the court’s direction to the government of India to ensure that the BCCI and the DDCA ” function in an accountable manner and for the objects for which they have been created and recognised by the government, failing which the government must withdraw its recognition and patronage from these organisations”.last_img

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