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BCCI unlikely to take action against fast bowler Rajvardhan Hangargekar

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to give young fast bowler Rajvardhan Hangargekar a clean chit in the case of ‘age fraud’. The speedster was earlier accused of tampering with his age in order to play for U19 teams.

Omprakash Bakoria, the commissioner of the Sports and Youth Department, Maharashtra, in a report published on Marathi newspaper Saamna, said that Hangargekar had done age fudging to get into India’s U19 teams.

He stated that the pacer changed his date of birth from January 10, 2001 to November 10, 2002 and it was done during his readmission in the 8th grade. He also wrote to the BCCI regarding the same.

“Dharashiv CEO Rahul Gupta investigated Rajvardhan Hangargekar’s birth date. It was found that he was admitted to a public school in Dharashiv where his birthdate was listed as 10 January 2001. However, that was changed to 10th November 2002 before eighth grade,” Bakoria said in a letter to the BCCI.

Rajvardhan Hangargekar to get clean chit

However, as per latest reports in Sportstar, the BCCI won’t be taking any actions against the seamer since when he first played for Maharashtra in U16 cricket, his TW3 (bone) test confirmed that his age was at par with the documents.

Hangargekar was recently a part of the India U19 team that won the World Cup for fifth time. India lifted the trophy in the West Indies after beating England, led by Tom Prest, in the final. Hangargekar was a crucial member of the team as he picked up five wickets from six matches at an economy rate of 3.67.

Prior to that, he also played in the U19 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In one of the warm-up games before the World Cup, he also picked up a three-wicket haul against Australia.

The 19-year-old recently got a massive break after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) picked him up at INR 1.50 crores to play in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With a base price of INR 30 lakhs, CSK, Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians (MI) were engaged in a bidding war.

But in the end, the Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, secured his services. Rajvardhan Hangargekar has already played five List A and two T20 matches for Maharashtra.

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