The BCCI has formed ad-hoc committees to take care of cricket in Bihar and Uttarakhand. This will allow the two states to participate in the cricket board’s Associates and Affiliates tournaments. While former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah will chair the committee for the cricket administration in Bihar, former treasurer MP Pandove is in charge of Uttarakhand cricket. Both committees have five members each.
Bihar and Uttarakhand didn’t have proper representation in the BCCI because of internal conflicts in the states. With different groups claiming the right to represent the state associations, the BCCI chose not to give affiliations to any.
The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) is still caught in a legal wrangle with the parent body, seeking recognition.
“In view of the factional disputes over the years, the game of cricket and the players are suffering in both Bihar and Uttarakhand and no proper development of the game is being undertaken. Therefore, in the larger interest of the game and the players it was felt necessary that BCCI should step in and undertake promotion of the game and protect the interest of the players by forming ad-hoc committees,” BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said in a media release on Friday.
Thakur made it clear that safeguarding the interest of the young and aspiring cricketers from the states is of paramount importance. “Due to infighting among different associations present in these states, aspiring cricketers of these states have to suffer for no fault of theirs. To ensure cricket grows in these states, the BCCI has decided to form an ad-hoc committee for these states, which will function, till the affiliation issues of these states are resolved. This will ensure participation of budding cricketers from these states in the BCCI Associate and Affiliate members tournament, this season onward,” Thakur said.
“During my recent visit to Bihar, I got representations of at least 17 organisations to start cricket once again in Bihar and similarly I’ve got representations of various organisations in Uttarakhand, who have lost on playing opportunity after bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh,” he added.