U19 World Cup hero Manjot Kalra suspended for 1 year of the Ranji Trophy for 'age fraud'

NEW DELHI: young left-handed starter Manjot Kalra , which scored one hundred in the final of the last edition of the U19 World Cup, has been suspended by outgoing DDCA Ombudsman for a year since playing Ranji Trophy , for an alleged fraud of age during his days U-16 and U-19.

However, for the same offense, the vice captain of the senior Delhi team Nitish Frog He has been fired at the moment with more documents being sought to prove that he fudged 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.

The outgoing Ombudsman Justice (Retired) Badr Durrez Ahmed passed an order (a copy of which is with PTI) on his final day, preventing Kalra from playing age-group cricket for two years but more importantly denying him a chance 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 on the line to replace the first starter Shikhar Dhawan in the Ranji squad, but as it stands now, it won't play anymore.

When asked a senior DDCA official, I have expressed his helplessness.

"I find it surprising that Manjot Kalra has been punished for the same offence that Nitish Frog is also allegedly guilty of. We couldn't pick Manjot as it was Ombudsman's order. He passed it at 11:30 pm at night, a day before he relinquished office. Now that's a bit bizarre," DDCA general secretary Vinod Tihara told PTI.

In the case of Rana, former Ombudsman has asked DDCA to enquire from his school DAV Centenary, Narela and seek specific birth-certificate related documents and place before 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 been prevented from playing club matches also. Now his parents will have to appeal for a change of order in front of new Ombudsman. Till then DDCA can't pick him for Ranji Trophy . We are helpless," Tihara said.

For the Punjab game in Mohali, selectors have picked right-handed middle-order batsman Vaibhav Kandpal and seam bowling all-rounder Siddhant Sharma in the squad of 15 in place of Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma .