Indian Under-19 all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings new joinee Rajvardhan Hangargekar is in huge as he recently, the Commissioner of Youth & Sports Department has claimed that the youngster had committed age-fudging. According to reports, an IAS officer has submitted a report to the BCCI, in which he has sent some crucial evidence against Hangargekar.
Rajvardhan has played six games in the Under-19 World Cup and took 5 wickets. According to some reports, Raj Vardhan’s real age is 21 years, when he was taking readmission in his school he then changed his Date of Birth from January 10, 2001 to November 10, 2002 which allows him to play the under-19 World Cup.
Hangargekar was born in Tuljapur Maharashtra, started his cricketing career as an off-spinner but later switched himself into a fast bowler and then after changing his role he got selected into Maharashtra`s Under-16 squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In 2020, BCCI passed an order regarding age-fudging in which the BCCI said, that if the player found guilty while investigation and does not reveal on his own then the player could face a two year ban.
During the 2022 IPL Mega Auction Rajvardhan Hangargekar was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a whooping amount of INR 1.5 cr.
However, Rajvardhan is not the only Under-19 cricketer who got accused for age-fudging. In 2018, Manjot Kalra India Under-19 opener alongside Prithvi Shaw, was the first Indian Under-19 player who got banned for two years after he got accused for age-fudging, and now Rajvardhan has been accused for age-fudging.
In case investigation goes on Rajvardhan Hangarekar by BCCI, he might face ban for one year which means he would lose his current contract with CSK and ultimate opportunity to play the mega event under the leadership of cool skipper MS Dhoni.