UTCA to utilize lockdown by verifying player documents | Cricket News

CHANDIGARH: The menace of age fraud has often hurt the credibility of sports associations and the administrators at the UT Cricket Association (UTCA) do not want to take chances as they plan the resumption of cricketing activities in the city following the coronavirus-forced lockdown.
With cases of the novel coronavirus still on the rise, the UTCA administrators, led by president Sanjay Tandon on Wednesday assembled virtually, and it was decided that the association could make the best use of the lockdown by verifying details of both male and female cricketers, particularly of the various age categories.
“This (verification of details) was one of the many suggestions put forward by most of the members. The problem of age fraud exists everywhere, it is time to address it once and for all, and the UTCA president is very much serious about it,” one of the participants of the webinar told TOI on the condition of anonymity.
“Since there are no cricketing activities as of now, it was decided to check the documents of all players and ensure there is no foul play. It was also decided to hold online mental and physical classes from time to time to keep the players’ morale high,” the source added.
It is learnt that former UTCA treasurer Anup Gupta has been tasked with the responsibility of verifying the details of the players.
Among the other important issue discussed was the resumption of on-field training and practice, which the source said many members were not in favour considering the spike in cases in the UT.
The webinar was attended by various coaches, managers, selectors and other UTCA officials, who were part of the side during the inaugural season. Tandon said that he is in constant touch with the BCCI and the apex body is also keen to streamline international cricket as well as domestic cricket provided the coronavirus crisis is under control.
Few points such as taking proper diet by the players, maintaining physical fitness and to remain calm and stress free in this situation of pandemic were primarily highlighted during the discussion. The UTCA also decided to hold weekly webinars to revitalize local cricket by involving the players and other experts including dietitians, physiotherapists and motivators.

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