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Hiccups on way to achieving affiliation from BCCI for Uttarakhand cricket team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to grant affiliation to the Uttarakhand cricket team despite assurance from state sports minister Arvind Pandey that it will get affiliated within a few months

dehradun Updated: Jan 17, 2018 21:43 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Infighting among the four cricket associations in Uttarakhand , has delayed the state team’s affiliation to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. (Representative Picture/AFP File photo.)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to grant affiliation to the Uttarakhand cricket team despite state sports minister Arvind Pandey’s assurance that it will be achieved in a few months.

This has forced Uttarakhand cricketers, both men and women, to play for other states or teams.

Manish Pandey is playing for Karnataka, Unmukt Chand, Pawan Suyal, Rishabh Pant and Pawan Negi for Delhi. Among women players, Ekta Bisht is playing for Indian Railways while Mansi Joshi for Haryana.

Uttarakhand Cricket Association secretary Divye Nautiyal said he was in touch with the players who were playing for other states and teams.

“All the players are keen on playing for their home state, but the irony is that we have been devoid of BCCI affiliation,” he said.

There are four major cricket associations in the hill state. The Uttarakhand Cricket Association led by Nautiyal, the Uttaranchal Cricket Association led by Chandrakant , the United Cricket Association and the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand led by PC Verma.

The strife among the associations is the main cause due to which the affiliation is still pending before the BCCI.

A report submitted to the BCCI by the Prakash Dikshit and Anshuman Gaekwad committee said the Uttarakhand Cricket Association and Cricket Association of Uttarakhand are doing better job than the others and there is infighting and strife.

There are talks that if the BCCI gives affiliation, it might keep the team under its supervision for three years and then hand it over to the state associations.

Mansi Joshi, a member of Indian women’s cricket team and resident of Dehradun, said she faced a lot of problems playing for Haryana.

“We had to go out from our state to a new place and carve a niche. The journey could have been much easier if I played for my home state,” she said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 21:42 IST