New Delhi, 29 December: A Delhi Court has directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider the age of players on the basis of birth certificates or adopt a scientific method to determine the age in the absence of genuine documentary proof.
Accepting the plea of Yash Sehrawat and Aryan Sehrawat, who were denied permission to play an under-16 cricket tournament by the BCCI citing over-age, Justice V K Jain rejected the Tanner Whitehouse 3 (TW-3) method adopted by the cricket body to ascertain their age for the tournament.The court directed BCCI to verify the genuineness and authenticity of the documents, including the school certificates, filed by the petitioners as proof of their respective date of birth, within four weeks of submission. “… If on such verification, the respondents (BCCI and Delhi District Cricket Association) find that the documents are genuine documents, they would record the date of birth of the petitioners… and would accordingly consider them for playing in the tournaments.” BCCI had conducted their age determination test using TW-3 method at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi.     pti