Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 7:
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned seven senior women cricketers of Odisha for one year over mismatch in their age proofs, informed Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera today.
Besides, BCCI has served show cause notices to four Ranji players of the state in connection with age proof fudging, Behera said.
The women cricketers who have been banned by the board are Banalata Mallick, Sushree Dibyadarsini, D Janaki Reddy, Sasmita Mahalik, Pragya Paramita Mohanty, Shilpa Swain and Sarojini Giri.
Those who have been served show cause notices are Alok Sahoo, Ashutosh Das, Rajesh Dhupar and Subham Nayak.
The BCCI had yesterday dropped five out of the seven women cricketers over allegations of tampering with the age proof certificates. Further, there was inconsistency in the age proof furnished by the eves for selection in the junior and senior teams.
A week ago, the BCCI had dropped six players of the under-19 cricket team of Odisha due to mismatch in their date of birth. The players who were been dropped from the team were Suryakant Samal, Harshit Rathod, Khyamasagar Bal, Sooraj Singh and Pratyush Mohapatra.
The cricket board detected mismatch in date of birth proof submitted by these players in last and current season. They were sent home while they were in Jharkhand to participate in the east zone Vinoo Mankad Trophy.