MCA hands Mumbai U-16 skipper Musheer Khan three-year ban for obscene behaviour

It is probably the first time that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has given such a serious ban to an Under-16 cricketer. There have been instances in past where players were handed two-match bans in Under-19 team

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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has enforced a ban on its Under-16 captain Musheer Khan for the next three years, owing to ‘ugliest behaviour’ against a teammate during the Vijay Merchant tournament in a match at Kadapa a few weeks ago. Khan is the younger brother to famous U-19 cricketer Sarfaraz Khan and has been accused by teammate Vedanta Gadia who had complained to MCA about Khan’s obscene behaviour.

As a result, the cricket association asked for a formal report from its team manager Vighnesh Kadam. After the inquiry was conducted in regard to the matter, the ad-hoc committee met in the MCA office on January 17 and Gadia and Khan were called. Alongside, team members Varun Rao and Saurabh Singh, manager Kadam, coach Sandesh Kawle and selector Atul Ranade were also present at the meeting.

As the committee found him guilty of gross misconduct, they ordered a ban on Khan.

The ad-hoc managing committee found you (Khan) guilty of gross misconduct and bringing the name of the association to disrepute. It was also noted that you have failed in your duties as captain of the team by resorting to the ugliest behaviour which has shocked the entire team and the committee,” said a letter to Khan signed by the MCA chief executive C.S. Naik and Prof. Dr. Unmesh Khanvilkar.

Therefore, the cricket association has suspended Khan with immediate effect and he will be able to play for Mumbai only in 2022. This is possibly the first time the Mumbai Cricket Association has enforced such a serious ban on its U-16 cricketer.

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