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Puducherry becomes new associate member of BCCI

The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) will represent the Union Territory ahead of the Pondicherry Cricket Association - Kalaimani and Pondicherry Cricket Association - Velmurugan, who were the other two parties who had staked their claims for an associate membership

cricket Updated: Oct 27, 2017 15:50 IST
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Puducherry, new associate member of BCCI, will be able to take part in the Ranji Trophy as early as next season.
Puducherry, new associate member of BCCI, will be able to take part in the Ranji Trophy as early as next season.(AFP)

Puducherry is now the newest associate member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) accepted their proposal.

The Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) will represent the Union Territory ahead of the Pondicherry Cricket Association - Kalaimani and Pondicherry Cricket Association - Velmurugan, who were the other two parties who had staked their claims for an associate membership. The final decision in favour of the CAP was taken by the Supreme Court appointed CoA.

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P Damodaran, CAP Secretary expressed his excitement over CoA’s decision saying that it would help the game to develop in Puducherry.

“We are delighted with the CoA verdict that picked us above two other contenders. It is the right decision and will really help the game grow in Puducherry,” Damodaran was quoted as saying to The Hindu.

The decision to grant Puducherry the associate membership was granted at the BCCI’s annual special general meeting (SGM) earlier in October.

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“The COA is of the view that there is no reason not to accept the recommendation of the Affiliation Committee and grant affiliation to the CAP. The submission made and documents submitted by the claimants do not disclose any reason, let alone compelling reasons, to reject the Affiliation Committee’s recommendation which has been made after two visits to Puducherry.

“Accordingly, the decision of the COA is that the CAP should be granted associate membership for the Union Territory of Puducherry,” CoA’s release read.

As an associate member Puducherry will be able to take part in the Ranji Trophy as early as next season.

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“This means Puducherry will be allowed to play the Ranji Trophy next year. It’s a big thing for cricket in the region and the players stand to benefit immensely. Puducherry can also now host both international matches and the Board’s domestic games,” added Damodaran.

The CAP secretary further revealed that building of a new international stadium in the Union Territory could become a reality. “An international cricket stadium was also in the pipeline,” he said.