Forming the Punjab Cricket Players Association (PCPA), former Indian test cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi alleged directions of the Lodha Commission or the Supreme Court have not been honoured by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).
In a press conference on Sunday, the former India spinner said the Supreme Court had passed a judgment on October 18, 2016, which was in consonance to Justice Lodha Commission’s recommendations that the cricket associations should be run by cricketers.
Former Ranji cricketer Rakesh Handa said, “We have passed a resolution under which it’s been resolved to form Punjab Cricket Players’ Association and for disbanding the ad hoc committee established by the PCA. For the latter, we will be approaching the high court and will also be asking the court to appoint an administrator of the PCA, who should be a retired judge.”
Bedi alleged that some of the members of outgoing PCA are still running the show in total disregard of the recommendations and interest of Punjab cricket. “The cricketers of Punjab continue to face injustice from the dictates of non-playing PCA members, who are ruling through proxy,” he added.
Bedi alleged that it is obvious that “the whole system is still proxy controlled by disqualified former members of the PCA”. “It continues to work in total disregard of Justice Lodha Commission’s recommendations. Therefore, a Punjab Cricket Player Association (PCPA) is being formed. The associations of former male and female cricketers who have ever represented the state at any level, umpires, coaches and support staff which are eligible to be beneficiaries in terms of Justice Lodha Commission recommendations for cricket administration,” he said.
The objective of PCPA is to promote the interest of cricket in Punjab. A helpline number, email and twitter handle will be announced next week where players can give their suggestions and feedback, he added.