BCCI cracks whip on over-age fielding teams

Published: Friday, December 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In an unprecedented move, the Indian cricket board today scratched four state teams from the ongoing Polly Umrigar Trophy (under-11) cricket tournament for fielding over-age players.

The decision by the cricket board was taken after it was confirmed following medical examinations that four teams -- Gujarat, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh -- had fielded over-age players in the quarterfinals, a BCCI statement said.

Following this decision, the other two semi-finalists Delhi and Tamil Nadu have automatically qualified for the final match.

After Orissa and Andhra Pradesh defeated Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh respectively in the quarterfinals held from December 25 to 27, a protest was lodged by the losing teams that their opponents had fielded over-age players.

In turn, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh lodged a similar protest against Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

As per the BCCI rules, the players-concerned were referred to the specialists at the local Apollo Gleneagles hospital where it was confirmed that the players were overaged, the Board said.

The Board had entered into an agreement with the Apollo group of hospitals last year to combat the problem.

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