Reacting sharply to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s remarks during his recent visit to Hamirpur, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, which is involved in a legal battle with the government, has threatened to sue him.
“It’s strange that despite the case being sub judice Virbhadra Singh is making crazy allegations against the cricketing body,” said HPCA spokesman Sanjay Sharma said at a press conference at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.
Accusing the chief minister of “wasting two years in framing cases against HPCA, Sharma said: “I believe Virbhadra should wait for the court’s verdict instead of making allegations against HPCA. I challenge him to prove that a majority of cricket players in HPCA are from outside the state. The BCCI rules allow participation by only three players from outside a state. All the players who represented Himachal are bonafide residents of the state. The government can check the ‘bona fide resident’ certificates issued to players who represented the state in various cricket tournaments. If there’s suspicion over the certificates the government should conduct an inquiry against the officials concerned for issuing them.”
Sharma said prior to MP Anurag Thakur taking over the reins of HPCA the cricketing body was dominated by Virbhadra’s supporters who had even sold the BCCI voting rights to former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, who was then president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. “Virbhadra’s remarks is tantamount to contempt of court since the matter is sub judice,” he added.
During the course the press conference Sharma highlighted how HPCA grew. “Earlier there was not even a cricket stadium for players but now the HPCA not only has a cricket stadium but has assets of over Rs 200 crore,” he added.