The Bombay High Court Wednesday rejected a petition filed by aspiring cricketer Sagar Chhabria, challenging the state Cricket Association’s decision declaring him ineligible for an under-16 cricket tournament.
Tanner-Whitehouse Test (TW3), used to measure bone density, revealed that Sagar has crossed the age limit and was, in fact, 16 years and 6 months, and hence ineligible to participate in the upcoming Vijay Merchant under-16 Trophy 2015-2016.
A bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice BP Colabawalla observed that chronological age on the basis of documents like birth certificate and passport cannot be sufficient enough in cases of sporting activities. The court ruled that the TW3 test should be considered binding and decisive. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also been using this test to verify cricketers’ ages since 2012.