Players can get amnesty through Voluntary Disclosure Scheme if they confess of age fraud: BCCI

In a new endeavor to eradicate age and residence fraud by players in Indian cricket, the BCCI has recently adopted a measure called the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme. The BCCI has proposed an amnesty scheme further joined by punishments for offenders. Under this scheme, enrolled players will get a chance to willfully proclaim any age fraud and still get a pardon from suspension in the event that they give their authentic date of birth.

 BCCI as set a deadline till September 15, 2020, for players to declare any age fraud. The players that are found guilty after the deadline will be banned from playing in all the formats for two years and prohibited in taking part in any age-category tournaments even after the ban ends.

Rahul Dravid, director of cricket at National Cricket Academy as long since believed age fraud as a serious crime in the field of sports. Speaking about this he said age fraud as a serious issue and is unfavorable to the growth of the game. He also added numerous talented youngsters who should play in a specific age group are not selected due to this practice. With the BCCI taking harsh actions to control Dravid urged players to approach and comply with the rules set by the board. Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president has promised the players to bring a level-playing field across all age-category with the help of this amnesty scheme.   

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