Life has come full circle for Abhinav Bali. His was the swiftest return to official cricket. Just a day after the BCCI announced 'amnesty' for 79 Indian Cricket League players Bali began playing in the Lala Raghubir Tournament organised under the aegis of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association and recognised by the BCCI.
“I joined the ICL because I did not want to sit to sit idle. It was a cliff-hanger situation with the DDCA. I was getting chance only when some influential people around so I decided to not let go this opportunity,” Bali explained. “Now that the BCCI has given us amnesty, I am here again.”
Bali confirmed that he, like many fellow ICL cricketers, has not been paid by the parallel league for some time now. “Not only me, none of us have got our salaries for the last five months. Our last salary came in November-December. Also we have not received any payments for the last tournament.”
Bali was guardedly optimistic about his future.
“I hope I will get a chance from the DDCA but I also have other options open as well,” referring to the fact that he was in talks with some IPL franchises.
Playing for Collage Group Bali took two wickets conceding 35 runs but his team lost to Vidya Jain Academy by five wickets.
Collage Group posted 229 for 7 with Farman Ahmad scoring an unbeaten 103 while Adil Ahmad made 41.
Vidya Jain batsmen Sumit Rana made 68 and Agnesh Surya made 55 in their successful chase.
Brief Score: CG 229 for 7 (F Ahmad 103*, A Ahmad 41; V Sood 3-30) lost to VJA 233 for 5 (S Rana 68, A Surya 55; A Bali 2-35).
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