The International Cricket Council
(ICC) today confirmed that following queries raised about the eligibility of Nepal captain Raju Rijal, it has looked into the matter and is satisfied that the player is eligible to play in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016.
The ICC has spoken with the Chief
Executive of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), concerned player and the Nepal Team Manager, and has again reviewed the documents which
were submitted by the CAN before the start of the competition. These
documents include copies of his
passport and birth certificate, which were issued by the Federal
Democratic Republic of Nepal, as well as a signed age determination
According to the official documents, Raju Rijal is born on 26 September 1996. Players born on or after 1 September 1996, are eligible to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016.
As such, the ICC has no evidence to
suggest that the passport and birth
certificate, issued by the Nepalese
government/authorities, are not
genuine or that the statement
provided by the player is false.
Unless any new information comes to light, the ICC considers this matter closed.