Rajvardhan Hangargekar, who was a part of the U-19 World Cup-winning squad in West Indies, has been accused of age fudging. According to media reports, his actual age is 21, and despite this, he played the global event.
The allegation has been made by the Commissioner of Sports and Youth Department, Omprakash Bakoria. This IAS officer has written a letter to BCCI in which he has also sent evidence against the player.
According to the report published in Saamana newspaper, Omprakash Bakoria said in a letter to BCCI that Dharashiv Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Gupta has confirmed Rajvardhan Hungergekar’s actual date of birth. According to him, Rajvardhan studies in Terna Public School, Dharashiv.
The records show Hungergekar’s date of birth was January 10, 2001, from 1st to 7th standard. However, while taking admission in the 8th standard, the headmaster changed the date to November 10 2002.
During the World Cup, his actual age was 21. If the accusation is accurate, he would be banned by the BCCI and is likely to lose his IPL contract.
Chennai Super Kings bought him for INR 1.5 crore at the IPL 2022 mega auction.