All-rounder Rajvardhan Hangargekar, who was part of the Indian team that won the Under-19 World Cup, has been accused of hiding his age. Maharashtra IAS and Sports and Youth Development Commissioner Omprakash Bakoria has made this serious allegation against Hangergekar. They claim that Hangergekar is not 19 but 21 years old. If this allegation turns out to be true in the investigation, then Hangergekar could face a two-year ban on playing cricket.
Omprakash Bakoria has claimed that Hangergekar took admission in class VIII again to hide his age. Then his date of birth was changed from 10 January 2001 to 10 November 2002. This made him eligible to play in the World Cup.
Bakoria has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in this matter. In the letter, he has claimed to have evidence against Hangergekar. He said that Dharashiv CEO Rahul Gupta has confessed to age manipulation.
According to the rules of BCCI, if a player has manipulated the age and he reveals it himself, then he is not banned. On the contrary, if someone else discloses it, then the player can be banned for two years.
Hangergekar, who made headlines in the Under-19 World Cup, was recently bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 1.5 crore in the mega auction of IPL.