• BCCI official accused of corruption over Anukul Roy U19 WC spot

    There is some irregularity in Anukul Roy's selection in the India U19 side.

    Anukul Roy Indian squad
    Anukul Roy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

    Anukul Roy has been a revelation for India in the ICC U19 WC. The left arm spinner displayed extraordinary talent in the World Cup by picking a five and four-wicket hauls against PNG and Zimbabwe. He picked fourteen wickets in six games. The young sensation from Bihar cemented his place in the world cup squad after impressing Rahul Dravid by doing well against England.

    However, the youngster seems to be stuck in an unwanted controversy. The joint highest wicket-taker is alleged to be overaged by Aditya Verma, petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scam. Verma accused Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary of the BCCI of corruption. He said that the BCCI official allowed Anukul to feature in the U19 World Cup despite knowing his age.

    Verma also alleged that Roy was found guilty in the age verification test by the BCCI in 2017. Verma has composed a letter to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket, Vinod Rai to convey the issue to their notice.

    Verma’s letter to the ICC:

    “Anukul Roy was found guilty in the AVP (age verification process) test by BCCI in the year 2017 when Mr. Choudhary was the President of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA). At that time Mr. Choudhary, who was the Joint Secretary of BCCI, used his power and influence allowed Mr. Anukul Roy to play Jharkhand under-19 in the domestic cricket tournament of BCCI,” Verma’s letter stated as quoted by Deccan Chronicle.

    “Being a President of JSCA Mr. Amitabh Choudhary and Secretary Mr. Rajesh Verma knows all the facts that 33 players of JSCA found over aged in AVP test in the year 2013. Mr. Anukul Roy was in the list and report disallowed him to represent under-19 after 2016, as per documents,” he added.

    Aditya Verma also allegedly termed Amitabh Choudhary as a lawbreaker. He also added that everyone in the BCCI is being influenced by him. “Amitabh Choudhary is an acting secretary of BCCI and everybody knows he is the biggest law broker of the Indian cricket board. I have sent so many letters to CoA regarding illegal acts of Choudhary but failed to get any reply,” Verma said while talking to ANI.

    Despite all this, Anukul Roy’s impressed everyone with his all-round performance. However, the truth is yet to be known. On the other hand, Verma demanded justice on this issue. Following a decent world cup, Roy was rewarded with an IPL contract with the Mumbai Indians.