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BCCI sticks to its decision not to lift ban on Services

Services' apology for skipping Ranji Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar and its offer to play the game on fresh dates had no bearing on a miffed BCCI which tonight decided to stick to its decision to disqualify the team.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2009 23:04 IST

Services' apology for skipping Ranji Trophy match against Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar and its offer to play the game on fresh dates had no bearing on a miffed BCCI which tonight decided to stick to its decision to disqualify the team.

"We have taken the decision to disqualify the Services team from playing in this year's Ranji Trophy. Since the decision have already been taken we will not change it," BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla said.

Soon after the Services tendered its apology to its parent body, the top brass of the BCCI discussed the issue among themselves before deciding to stick to its stand.

Services forfeited the Plate Division match at the Sher-E-Kashmir stadium, hosting a Ranji game after a gap of five years, and the BCCI immediately banned SSCB from playing in this year's Ranji Trophy.

After their forfeiture led to angry reactions from the J&K Cricket Association, Services apologised to the BCCI and offered to play the game if fresh dates were allocated.

"Services cricket is ready to play in Srinagar. Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) has apologised to the BCCI for the administrative slip-up in despatch of its team and requested them for fresh dates," a top SSCB official said.

But, the BCCI stuck to its decision to ban Services from this year's Ranji Trophy cricket season.