Mumbai, July 19: India Under-19 batsman Karan Viradiya has been expelled from the team after he was found be over-aged.
Right-hander Viradiya was set to tour Sri Lanka with the team for four-day matches but has now been axed from the squad after a Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) official found that the date of birth on his school leaving certificate and the passport did not match.
The Gujarat youngster had two different dates which resulted in his ouster, a report in "The Indian Express" said on Friday. According to his school leaving certificate, his date of birth is October 17, 1994. However, in the passport it is April 17, 1994.
Suru Nayak, a member of the BCCI cricket operations, realised that the dates did not tally, the report said. "I was unaware of this. I found out only on Tuesday through the BCCI about this issue. Actually the deal is that the father is not educated. I had asked him to copy and scan Karan's birth certificate, and send it to the BCCI. They didn't crosscheck that, however, resulting in the confusion," Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) Secretary Rakesh Patel said.
Patel will be accompanying the team to Sri Lanka. "It was his first international tour. This has been an eye-opener for me personally and I will ensure that henceforth all documents regarding the players from our state association will be handed over directly to the BCCI by me," Patel added.
Viradiya had done well in the domestic Under-19 tournament - Col. CK Nayudu Trophy. He had scored more than 400 runs which resulted in India call-up.
India Under-19 squad, led by Vijay Zol, will play two four-day games and three one-dayers in Sri Lanka. The tour starts on July 23 and concludes on August 8.