Fallout of ban on Rasikh Salam: JKCA to review age certificates

The ban on Rasikh Salam by BCCI has raised eyebrows over the clearance process and has put onus on Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association which is now planning to review and cross-check all the approved age certificates submitted by the cricketers.

Chief Executive Officer JKCA Syed Ashique Bukhari said that JKCA is in touch with the BCCI and would review and cross-check all the age certificates submitted by cricketers.

“We will set a panel which will review all the age certificates of all cricketers in JKCA. We will review all certificates and clear the age fudging issue in the state cricket. Though we have been trying our bit by verifying the certificates but we would put in place a mechanism that won’t all such a mess in future,” he added.

As per the official notice issued by BCCI, Rasikh has been banned for two years from all forms of cricket and has already been removed from India Under-19 team that is scheduled to play in England.

“I was not in country for over a month and returned recently. We are in touch with BCCI on the issue and will try our best to plead Rasikh’s case,” Bukhari said.

After the culmination of IPL 2019, Rasikh was called for Under-19 National camp and then was selected for India Under-19 team that is set to play in England. It was big moment for the young talent who is reckoned highly and a first step towards achieving bigger goal of making it to Team India in future. As soon as he got selected for the Under-19 India team someone contacted BCCI informing them that Rasikh has submitted faulty certificates that mention his date of birth as 2000 while his actual is 2001.

Sources in JKCA said that BCCI soon acted on the complaint and contacted JKCA matching the documents with State cricket association with that of provided by complainant.

“After matching them they found that actual certificate doesn’t match with the certificate with JKCA. After further query it was established that Rasikh has fudged the document hence guilty. Then they were left with no choice but to impose ban on cricketer as per set rules,” said source in JKCA.

Rasikh was not available for comment.