Rasikh Salam Banned:Cricketers question ‘faulty’ system of JKCA

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Following the ban of U-19 cricketer, Rasikh Salam on Wednesday, questions are being raised over Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association’s ‘faulty’ system.

Rasikh, having made it to the India U-19 just a couple of weeks ago, was earlier today withdrawn from the team and handed a two-year ban after found guilty of age-fudging. JKCA has been often in headlines for all wrong reasons and Rasikh’s ban being a new addition to it.

Former cricketers while lashing out at the association remarked that had JKCA verified the date of birth of the youngster earlier, this wouldn’t have happened. They insisted on the lack of attention being paid towards the verification of birth certificates in age-group cricket and termed it the main reason behind the ban of Rasikh.

“No doubt, Rasikh is guilty of submitting fake DOB but where was JKCA when he did this? Why didn’t they check it at the moment he provided the certificate? Rasikh’s ban is clearly because of the faulty system of JKCA” A former cricketer of state questioned.

Pertinently, a cricket pundit said that there would numerous such cases, though Rasikh having made it big, became the victim,

“As JKCA doesn’t verify the age of cricketers, there are numerous players playing on fake DOB. Rasikh was exposed because he was in the limelight. I’m sure if JKCA had a smooth system, we would not have lost a gem like Rasikh,” It said.

Former senior chief selector, Sayyed Parvez Qaiser also questioned the role of JKCA in Rasikh’s case,

“Should we not ask for probe in the role of JKCA in this Rasik Salaam case? ” He wrote on Facebook.

Replying to him in the comments section, renowned broadcaster and former Ranji Trophy cricketer, Humayun Qaiser said, ” Yes.They are law onto themselves and won’t bother to reply.”

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