Once again the Indian U19 contingent finds themselves in middle of controversy as the secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), Aditya Verma has alleged that the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has fielded an overage Anukul Roy in the U-19 World Cup.
Owing to the allegations of age-fraud, Anukul who became the joint highest-wicket taken in the U-19 World Cup finds himself dragged into the controversy. Another U19 player, Manjot Kalra overcame a similar age-related issue before leaving for the World Cup tournament.
Anukul who is playing in the Vijay Hazare at present in Hyderabad has denied these allegations stating, “I have no idea about what this (the claims) is about and neither do I have any knowledge of such things.”
In his complain in a letter Verma has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar and the chairman of the Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai, he has alleged that Anukul Roy failed to pass the age verification process in 2017 which was conducted by the BCCI.
Speaking on the allegation Roy maintained, “I was never informed about any such issues. I clearly passed the test and was eligible for selection.”
Verma has also pointed fingers to the Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s (JSCA) joint secretary Rajesh Verma who also manages the U-19 World Cup squad complaining that he suppressed the fact that in the age verification process in 2013, 33 players were found to be over aged.
Commenting on the allegations Rajesh Verma stated, “Roy was part of the Asia Cup squad last year although he did not play. Why did he not ask this question then? As a manager whatever certificates are given, that has to be approved by the ICC well ahead of time. I’ve got nothing to do with it. The AVP process does not happen every year. It is only done at the U-16 level. After that, it doesn’t work. It’s the age certificates which work after that.”