The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has decided to impose a Rs 1 lac entry fee for outside teams taking part in the their annual Safi Darashah Trophy tournament which is scheduled to begin from Wednesday in Bangalore and Mysore. As a result,a prominent team like Mumbai has decided not to take part in the meet which holds matches over a four-day format,since the association felt there is no point in paying and playing in a tournament.
Former India pacer and KSCA secretary Javagal Srinath informed that the entry fee was kept in order to get assurances from the team. In the past there has been many instances where few association teams backed out at the last moment leaving KSCA to re-shuffle the whole tournament schedule.
The entry fee confirms that the team will turn up and there is a sense of commitment too. There have been instances where teams have opted out at the last minute with reasons like unavailability of star players. There have been various reasons which lack in professionalism. So we have decided to keep an entry fee from this year and having fees means we can enhance the prize money too, Srinath told The Indian Express.
Twelve outside station teams will be taking part this season which comprise Jharkhand,Goa,Rajasthan,Bengal,Kerala,Tripura,Baroda,Andhra,Assam,Orissa,Saurashtra and Haryana. KSCA has fielded its four teams in a 16 team tournament which is divided into four groups in the league-cum-knockout format. Each team gets a chance to play three league games. KSCA also has to take care of teams’ traveling expenses and on-field meals. When most of north India witnesses rainfall and a lull in cricket,KSCA provides many teams with preparation for the season ahead.
However,MCA joint-secretary PV Shetty informed that it was a month ago that MCA had decided not to send the team for the KSCA invitational. The managing committee took a decision of not sending a team since KSCA has began to charge for it. We took part last year. Entry fee wasn’t the issue but members felt that it will be unethical to play in a tournament which charges fee, Shetty said.
Srinath said that KSCA wants to set a benchmark by having a tournament where all play like professionals. He doesn’t want to name the teams who tend to run things on their whim and fancies. There have been instances where well-known teams wanted to play on the same day they land,without factoring in flight delays.
We just wanted professionalism,we want our tournament to be the best next to Ranji Trophy. This tournament gives teams ideal practice sessions before the season. We just want teams coming here to play with serious commitment, Srinath added.