The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) on Tuesday blamed “certain leaders and powers in the government against the association” for the state missing out on hosting Indian Premier League cricket matches.
In a statement issued here, HPCA press secretary Mohit Sood said the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the HPCA had approached director general of police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar and various state government authorities to provide security and administrative support for the IPL matches, but they “deliberately” scuttled the request.
The BCCI had written to the DGP on March 14 to get his consent for security as in other states, but the office of the DGP did not reply or deny the request, he said.
“The powers in the government are so jealous and insecure of the success of the game and the infrastructure created under Anurag Thakur, that they are resorting to vindictive tactics by maligning his and HPCA’s reputation to curb the rise of the game in Himachal, which has been firmly put on the world map of cricket,” he alleged.
Sood added that it was a great loss to the economy of the state. “Just to satisfy a few powers that lack vision for growth and development of the state but want to show their political adversaries in a bad light, one of the best achievements of the state is being killed,” he added.