Adrian Shankar

Adrian Shankar

English cricketer
Date of Birth: 07.05.1982
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Adrian Shankar

Adrian Shankar is an English cricketer known for his batting skills and occasional bowling contributions. Born on May 7, 1982, in Ascot, Berkshire, England, Shankar attended Bedford School where he played cricket alongside Alastair Cook. He continued his education at Cambridge University, studying law, and made his first-class cricket debut in 2002 for the university team against Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Adrian Shankar

During his time at Cambridge, Shankar played for the university cricket club until 2005. He captained the team and his final game in this role was against Oxford University. Shankar also made his debut for Bedfordshire County Cricket Club while still in school, playing against Norfolk in the 2000 Minor Counties Championship. He continued to represent Bedfordshire intermittently from 2000 to 2006, but his career was interrupted for a year and a half due to an infectious mononucleosis infection.

Adrian Shankar

In 2008, Shankar signed a two-year contract with Lancashire County Cricket Club, where he was considered a promising young player with great potential. Simultaneously, he pursued a two-year master's degree at Cambridge, which aligned well with the club's requirements as the Cambridge program only required him to be present for one and a half months per year. However, Shankar failed to impress the club's management enough to be included in first-class cricket matches.

While playing in Sri Lanka's Sri Lankan Mercantile League, Shankar caught the attention of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and signed a contract with them in May 2011. He immediately joined the club's main team and made his debut against Middlesex. Two weeks after signing the contract, it was revealed that Shankar had lied about his age, reducing it by three years. Additionally, his claims of a successful career in Sri Lanka's top-level cricket turned out to be false. As a result, the club terminated his contract.

It was later discovered that Shankar had played cricket in Sri Lanka at such a low level that match results were not even published on reputable websites such as CricketArchive and Cricinfo. The club's management that hired him failed to verify the facts beforehand. In light of these events, the England and Wales Cricket Board demanded that Bedfordshire Cricket Club, where Shankar was still listed as a player, remove him from their roster. Furthermore, the police launched an investigation into Shankar's activities.

It was revealed that Shankar had started deceiving about his age as early as his time at Lancashire, claiming to be 23 years old. After his contract was signed, the club issued a press release quoting the Cambridge University cricket team coach, mentioning Shankar as one of the best young players to have ever played for the university. However, coach Chris Scott later contacted the club and denied making such a statement, as he believed Shankar to be a poor player and would never have spoken highly of him or recommended him. It later emerged that Shankar had also spread other false information about his alleged achievements and personal details.

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