Strange: U-19 World Cup hero Kalra suspended for 1 year of the Ranji Trophy for age fraud

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi, January 1 () Young left-handed starter Manjot Kalra, who scored one hundred in the final of the last edition of the U19 World Cup, was suspended by the outgoing DDCA Ombudsman for a year for playing Ranji Trophy, for an alleged age fraud during his U-16 and U-19 days.

However, for the same offense, the vice-captain of the Delhi senior team, Nitish Rana, has been fired at the moment with more documents that are sought to prove that he eluded his age at the junior level.

The case of Shivam Mavi, another U-19 star, has been referred to BCCI as it now represents Uttar Pradesh in high-level cricket.

Outgoing Ombudsman Justice (Retired) Badr Durrez Ahmed approved an order (a copy of which he is with) on his last day, preventing Kalra from playing cricket by age group for two years, but the most important thing is that he Denies the opportunity to play Ranji Trophy for this season.

Kalra, whose age according to BCCI records is 20 years and 351 days, played last week for Delhi U-23 against Bengal and scored 80. He was online to replace the first starter Shikhar Dhawan in the Ranji squad, but as is Now, it will. Do not play anymore.

When a senior DDCA official was asked, he expressed his helplessness.

I find it surprising that Manjot Kalra has been punished for the same crime that Nitish Rana is also allegedly guilty of. We could not choose Manjot because it was the order of the Ombudsman. He approved it at 11:30 pm, one day before he resigned his position. Now that's a bit strange, said DDCA Secretary General Vinod Tihara.

In the case of Rana, the former Ombudsman has asked DDCA to ask in the DAV Centenary of his school, Narela and look for specific documents related to the birth certificate and place before the next hearing.

But the question remains when the old Ombudsman is not there, does it mean that the new designee, Judge Deepak Verma, will conduct a new investigation?

What everyone does not understand is how Kalra can be prevented from playing high-level cricket for age fraud.

He has also been prevented from playing club games. Now his parents will have to appeal for a change of order in front of the new Ombudsman. Until then, DDCA cannot choose it for the Ranji Trophy. We are helpless, Tihara said. For the game of Punjab in Mohali, the selectors chose the right mid-order hitter Vaibhav Kandpal and bowler Siddhant Sharma in the team of 15 instead of Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma. KHS SSC SSC

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