India, Dec. 5 -- Newspapers reported last week of an U-19 player registered with DDCA to be overage by-hold your breath- 5 years! Scrutiny of multiple school certificates revealed he was actually 23 playing against those between 16+ and 19 years of age. The mind boggles at the temerity of those in charge of this young man: his guardians (I would assume), but even more his coach(es), obviously planned and conspired to get past the standard check posts to give him unfair advantage when playing age group tournaments.

Yet, what's even more worrying is that such cases are not as rare as may be imagined. In 2019 itself the BCCI has banned 101 players-boys and girls-for age fudging, suggesting that the problem is not some seasonal passing flu, bu...