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Snubbed by VCA,Harmeet Singh hopes for U-turn

Questioned by Delhi police and BCCI in IPL scandal,left-arm spinner now hopes to play for Mumbai

Written by Devendra Pandey | Published: August 20, 2013 1:11:33 am

The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) rejected Harmeet Singh’s wish to play for them in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season as the left-arm spinner is yet to be given a clean-chit by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Consequently,Harmeet has requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to include him in their roster. However,a final decision on that will be taken only after a clearance from the Indian board.

The promising left-arm spinner was summoned as a witness by the Delhi police in the spot-fixing scam. Later,BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit officer Ravi Sawani had questioned him on the same issue. Harmeet had subsequently submitted a written reply. The BCCI,however,is yet to give him the green signal. The youngster was given a clean-chit by the Delhi police but the BCCI is still waiting for Sawani’s report.

BCCI yet to clear

MCA joint-secretary PV Shetty said that despite Harmeet approaching them,the association can’t proceed until BCCI gives its clearance. “He (Harmeet) called me the other day and expressed his desire to play for Mumbai in coming domestic season. We can’t do anything at the moment. We will wait for BCCI’s clearance on his issue and then only we can act on his request,” Shetty told The Indian Express.

It wasn’t too long ago that Harmeet decided to move to Vidarbha looking for a consistent place in the playing XI. Despite being a part of the India U-19 squad that won the World Cup in Australia last year,Harmeet was not a regular feature in the Mumbai team. A finger injury on his bowling hand added to his misery.

Despite submitting all necessary documents,the VCA officials were in no mood to get the 20-year-old on board for coming season. VCA president Prakash Dixit said: “There is nothing clear in Harmeet’s case and BCCI hasn’t cleared his name yet. It’s natural that no one wants a tainted player in the side and that was one of the reason of not including him in our side. We don’t know what the BCCI’s stand is on his issue.”

Meanwhile,Harmeet has been trying to get his report from the Delhi Police so that he can place hand it over to the MCA to prove his innocence. “I don’t know what to do now. Delhi police officers had already said that I’m innocent. VCA never asked me about it. I even gave then a written letter where I wrote everything that happened,” Harmeet explained.

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