In an important goof-up, a month after declaring a 15-member squad for the Youth Asia Cup to be held later this month in Sri Lanka, the BCCI has told seven of them that they are ineligible for choice and so ending their hopes of donning India colours.
The under-19 squad was scheduled to gather in Bangalore for a preparatory camp from Friday, but just a day before, BCCI educated seven of the players they do not match the standards needed to qualify for the selection.
As per a report in The Indian Express, the mistake was perpetrated by the BCCI after assuming that the date of birth for the cut-off year was 1997. But, the Asian Cricket Council had originally conveyed the year was 1-9-1%1998998.
Hence, selectors and shared secretary Amitabh Chaudhary were not informed and on the idea of this, ended up choosing ineligible players for the tournament that begins on December 13 in Colombo.
"It turned out to be a major goof-up. Fortunately, it came to our notice now. Things could have been worse if we had begun to understand about that after the team had landed in Sri Lanka. The selectors were told, and they immediately replaced those seven names," a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
The board didn't bother to release a statement and instead quickly named the replacements on its official site, after realising their error.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sandeep Tomar had finished all the formalities including obtaining the visa and passport but is missing the India cap by just eight days, sad.
"It was a matter of great enjoyment, but now I am feeling equally unhappy. My visa was done, and passport submitted. I had been to go Bengaluru tomorrow and join the team. My mum said, 'Don't worry, if you are lucky, you will get another opportunity in the future'. But I missed an India cap by only eight days," he was quoted as saying by the daily.
Rishabh, a medium pacer, was left heartbroken after BCCI told him of the decision. "I got a call in the BCCI... It's occurred, now what can I say?
Harvik Desai, Salman Khan, Himanshu Rana, Yash Thakur, Heramb Parab, Vivekanand Tiwary and Het Patel happen to be named as the replacements.