Indian under 19 World Cup winning team player Manjot Kalra has now been banned from participating in Age-group cricket for two years in the Annual General Meeting of Delhi and District Cricket Association on Sunday by DDCA’s Ombudsman. Even before he could make out to U19 World Cup last year, he was under the scanner. As he was cleared to participate in the tournament, he took part in the tournament and became a young sensation when he hit century against Australia U19 team in the U19 World Cup 2018 Final and was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant performance. But he could not prove the allegations pitched against him wrong and banned from Age-group cricket for two years. Age fudging has reared its ugly head once again as U19 World Cup-winner Manjot Kalra has been barred from participating in age-group cricket for two years.
After that World Cup winning performance, he was picked up by Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals but he could not make his IPL debut despite being the part of franchise for two seasons. This year he was released by Delhi Capitals for auction and went unsold.
Manjot Kalra could not make it to his domestic team Delhi either as he played just two T20s for his team in March this year and scored just 13 runs and was dropped by them. Now he only has the option to play for senior team, if he is selected in the team.
For age fudging, two other players Nitish Rana and Shivam Mavi (Both are part of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL) are also under the scanner. Rana was also banned for age fudging in 2015 by BCCI. Nitish is of 26 now and unable to play Age cricket. Soon, Decision will be taken on Rana’s future.
Whereas, Mavi was part of 2018 U19 World Cup winning team and his case has been referred to BCCI.