Strange case of Adrian Shankar is officially closed

The curious case of Adrian Shankar, the batsman who was released by Worcestershire in May after doubts were raised about his age and playing pedigree, is finally over.

West Mercia Police, who spent more than four months investigating the former Cambridge University and Lancashire player, have decided that Shankar will not face prosecution.

“Adrian Shankar is no longer being investigated by West Mercia Police,” said a spokeswoman for the force.

Shankar was signed by Worcestershire in a blaze of publicity in mid-May but he departed ignominiously two weeks later after questions were asked about his date of birth – he claimed to be 26 when he was actually 29 – and Twenty20 matches in Sri Lanka he was supposed to have played in last winter.

Worcestershire described the documentation Shankar submitted to them as “unacceptable” and they then passed their file on to the police who investigated whether he had obtained employment by submitting false documentation.

“As far as we are concerned the matter is now closed. We brought the matter to the attention of the police and the England and Wales Cricket Board,” said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.

The ECB also cancelled Shankar’s dual registration with Minor Counties side Bedfordshire after Worcestershire released him.

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