Under 19 World Cup star Rajvardhan Hangargekar accused of age fraud: Reports

Hangargekar was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 1.5 crores in IPL 2022 Auction.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 19 February 2022 12:50 PM

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In a shocking turn of events, the Sports and Youth Department commissioner, Omprakash Bakoria, has alleged that India Under 19 sensation and U9 World Cup-winning player Rajvardhan Hangargekar has committed age fudging. As per fresh reports, in a letter written to the BCCI, the officer has also attached evidence against the cricketer.

Hungergekar's actual age is 21 and during his admission to Terna Public School in class 8th, his birth date was changed from January 10, 2001, to November 10, 2002. This reshuffle in his date of birth eventually made him eligible for the recently concluded ICC U-19 World Cup, 2022.

Reports have further claimed that Bakoria has sent a piece of evidence in the form of Dharashiv Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Gupta's confirmation, confessing that the player changed his date of birth. In a recently concluded IPL auction, Hangargekar was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 1.5 crores. Hangargekar had quite a successful World Cup campaign as the player played six matches where he clinched five wickets.

Notably, India's veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also backed his potential before the IPL auction and said that the player would be under the radar of many franchises.

However, Hangargekar's bright career, which was starting well, seems to be inviting some trouble with such fresh allegations.

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