New Delhi: The Indian U-19 team has just recently lifted the World Cup, and all the boys are basking in glory at the moment. But one of the members of the team—Anukul Roy—finds himself in a spot of bother as charges of alleged age fraud have surfaced against him.
According to Cricbuzz, Aditya Verma, Secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) has levelled charges of age fraud against the left-arm spinner, and has dragged BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary in the controversy.
But Anukul, who is playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the moment, has denied these charges.
“I have no idea about what this (the claims) is about and neither do I have any knowledge of such things,” said Roy.
Supposedly Verma has written about the issue to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, and CoA Chairman, Vinod Rai, and mentioned that Anukul had failed age verification process in 2017. “I was never informed about any such issues. I clearly passed the test and was eligible for selection,” Roy said.
Verma also lashed out at Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s (JSCA) joint secretary Rajesh Verma, who was also the manager of the Indian U-19 World Cup squad, for suppressing the fact that 33 of the association were found to be overage.
Rajesh Verma denied the charges and said, “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.”