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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Manjot Kalra cleared to play for Delhi after new DDCA Ombudsman overturns one-season ban

  • Press Trust of India
  • January 19th, 2020
  • 20:43:38 IST

New Delhi: Former India U-19 World Cup winning hero Manjot Kalra's one season ban from all forms of cricket on allegations of age-fudging was overturned by new DDCA Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Deepak Verma, who passed an interim order on Sunday.

Kalra was banned from Ranji Trophy as well as U-23 tournaments on a complaint filed by former Delhi captain Kirti Azad's faction, alleging that the left-handed opener has fudged his age since the U-16 level.

Manjot Kalra won the Man of the Match in the final of the U-19 World Cup for his unbeaten 101. AFP

Manjot Kalra was India's hero in U-19 World Cup 2018 but was banned on age fraud allegations for one season. AFP

The former Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed had passed an order on the final day of his tenure that Kalra will be suspended from playing all forms cricket including club cricket.

However Justice Verma passed an order which states, "In view of facts and circumstances, order dated 16.12.2019 deserves to be modified to the extent that without furnishing any undertaking By Mr Manjot Kalra, he will be allowed to participate for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy and all other Open Age group category matches until further orders."

The order is an interim one and the Ombudsman directed DDCA Apex Council shall "independently examine the case of Mr Manjot Kalra on merits and submit its report to the Ombudsman, which is pre-requisite condition to take cognizance of the allegations as has been levelled against him by the Complainant.

Updated Date: January 19, 2020 20:43:38 IST

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