Bihar moved a step closer to playing in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament from the coming season, after the Committee of Administrators (COA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) placed the state in the list of its full members, in the all new memorandum of association and rules and regulations of the BCCI.
Finalized by the four-member COA, appointed by the supreme court and headed by former comptroller and auditor general of India Vinod Rai, the BCCI constitution conforms to the Lodha committee recommendations and the subsequent, July 18 apex court order.
The memorandum of association and rules and regulations were uploaded on the BCCI website on Saturday.
But it is still not clear which cricket association in Bihar will be authorised to administer cricket in the state. Apart from the Bihar cricket association (BCA), the cricket association of Bihar (CAB) and the association of Bihar cricket (ABC) have been claiming eligibility to run cricket activity.
The BCA had earlier been provided associate membership of the BCCI.
But Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, on Saturday, reiterated his association’s claim to full BCCI affiliation, arguing the BCA was ‘ineligible’ for the same as it had been charged by the BCCI with ‘misappropriation’ of Rs 50 lakh given to it for development of cricket, in 2009-10.
“I have already written a letter to COA stating that two former secretaries of the BCCI, Sanjay Patel and Anurag Thakur, had stated in an affidavit filed in the SC that, at present, there is no association functioning in Bihar”, said Verma,main petitioner in the IPL 6 spot fixing case which caused the apex court to intervene in BCCI affairs.
“There is still dispute over the affiliation issue and it should be decided by BCCI ombudsman ”, Verma said.
Chapter 9 and rules 40 and 41, which refer to the post of ombudsman and powers vested in it, state that disputes between or among the BCCI, its members, IPL franchisees, zones and the cricket players’ associations shall be automatically referred to the Ombudsman.
Welcoming the new constitution, Bihar cricket association (BCA) treasurer Ram Kumar said the inclusion of Bihar in the list of full member was a positive development . “But I still feel there’s still a long way to go as Bihar’s inclusion in the list of full BCCI members does not guarantee a Bihar team the status of a Ranji playing team”, he said.
However, CAB’s Verma said that Bihar would certainly play in the Ranji Trophy tournament from the coming season. “The CAB has been fighting for the Bihar cricketers’ rights for long and we will achieve it”, he said.
As per rule 3 (a) of the memorandum of association, a state cricket association duly recognized by the BCCI shall represent each state and such association shall be a full member of the board. No state shall have more than one full member at any given point of time..
Rule 3 (b) states that the associations, which are the controlling bodies for cricket in the states named here under , shall be full members of the BCCI.
The states named in this context are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
In September 2001, about 10 months after the bifurcation of Bihar and creation of Jharkhand out of it, the BCCI headed by Jagmohan Dalmia had disaffiliated the BCA led at that time by Lalu Prasad and provided full affiliation to the Jharkhand state cricket association.