One crore dream dashed in a day
IT IS a Rs 1 crore question that the UP Cricket Association (UPCA) officials are now finding difficult to answer.india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:45 IST
IT IS a Rs 1 crore question that the UP Cricket Association (UPCA) officials are now finding difficult to answer.
On January 28, a day before the start of the Ranji Trophy final between Uttar Pradesh and Bengal, UPCA general secretary and BCCI’s media in-charge Rajiv Shukla dropped a bombshell at a press conference, saying the winner of the Ranji Trophy would be richer by Rs 1 crore. He was backed by UPCA director Jyoti Bajpai and other UPCA officials sitting on the dais.
Shukla had said that BCCI had cleared the amount in his presence.
It was “big” news for team players, administrators and cricket lovers when they saw the newspapers on Sunday --the opening day of the final.
However, by Sunday afternoon, it became clear that no one in UPCA was ready to admit that Rs 1 crore prize money announcement was ever made.
“How can UPCA announce such a big amount at a press conference without getting a proper approval from the BCCI, ” questioned a senior cricketer.
Significantly, Jyoti Bajpai, on being quizzed, said that he had “nothing” to do with the announcement.
“It was Rajiv Shukla who had made the announcement,” he said much to the surprise of mediapersons present on the occasion. Admitting that he was himself “confused”, Bajpai said that he would not talk on the issue anymore.
When Hindustan Times tried to contact Rajiv Shukla on phone, his assistant said that Shukla was busy and would call back soon. The call never came.
Meanwhile, if reports appearing in a section of the media are to be believed, a top ranking BCCI official has said the prize money would be same as last year. “The board booklet clearly states that the winner of Ranji Trophy would get Rs 7 lakh and runners-up by Rs 3.5 lakh,” the official was quoted as saying.