Ranji Trophy 2016-17: Not rescheduling smog-affected games a mistake, must be rectified, says Sourav Ganguly

The BCCI secretary defended the Tournament Committee’s decision, confirming its authority to have the final say on the issue.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: December 7, 2016 8:58 am
Ranji Trophy 2016, 2016 Ranji Trophy, Sourav Ganguly Bengal, Sourav Ganguly West Bengal, Sourav Ganguly Ranji Trophy, Cricket News, Cricket Sourav Ganguly was not pleased after the BCCI decided not to reschedule the smog-affected matches.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly expressed dissatisfaction over the BCCI Senior Tournament Committee revoking the Technical Committee’s decision to reschedule two Ranji Trophy matches. He also urged the parent body to “rectify the mistake”.

“The Tournament Committee has got no right to take a decision on this. As per the amended BCCI constitution (amended on November 9, 2015), the Tournament Committee has to recommend the matter to the Technical Committee. So we are writing back to the BCCI today that there’s a mistake which needs to be rectified immediately,” Ganguly told The Indian Express.

Asked, if the decision to reschedule the matches (to a December 15 start) had been done arbitrarily by the Technical Committee, chaired by Ganguly, without convening a formal meeting, the former India captain said: “We got (a) mail from Mr (Ajay) Shirke (BCCI secretary) on November 6, confirming the rescheduling. Convening the meeting is not my job; it’s office-bearers’ job.”

The BCCI Senior Tournament Committee during its meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday revoked the Technical Committee’s decision to reschedule the fifth round Ranji Trophy fixtures between Bengal and Gujarat (Group A) and Hyderabad and Tripura (Group C), giving the teams one point each. The matches that were to be held in Delhi from November 5 to 8, had been cancelled due to smog after day two.

The BCCI secretary defended the Tournament Committee’s decision, confirming its authority to have the final say on the issue. “Referring the matter to the Technical Committee itself was a wrong thing. In the middle of a tournament, the Technical Committee cannot do anything. When tournaments are in progress, then everything related to that falls under the purview of the Tournament Committee. There was an error from the match referees also, that they didn’t wait for Day Three and Day Four. We would ask them why they did that,” Shirke told this paper.

He admitted sending the mail on November 6. “Yes, I sent the mail on November 6, because the (BCCI’s) general manager, cricket operations (MV Sridhar) told me that the matter had been referred to the Technical Committee. Of course I sent the mail but that was based on the recommendation of the general manager, cricket operations. He referred the matter to the Technical Committee, whereas he should have referred it to me, or the Tournament Committee. H emade an error of judgement,” Shirke said.

He stressed that the Tournament Committee thoroughly scrutinised the rules and regulations, and also the amended BCCI constitution. “Today, we went through each and every rule and responsibility of the Tournament Committee as well as the Technical Committee. Gautam Roy didn’t attend the meeting, so we elected Snehal Parikh from Baroda as chairman. He read out the rules. The decision was unanimous. And it is binding.”

The secretary informed that in case of a protest from any association, the objection would be heard by the Tournament Committee only.

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