The Bihar Cricket Association which is known for its controversial moves has again came into limelight for organizing an auction for an “unsanctioned” Bihar Cricket League before getting approval from the BCCI.
The Anti-Corruption Unite of the BCCI has already recommended that there should be strict guidelines from the BCCI gives approval to any franchise based state league & BCA on Saturday went ahead with their player’s auction without getting crucial approvals from the BCCI. The tournament is scheduled in Patna from March 21-27 with five franchises Angika Avengers, Bhagalpur Bulls, Dharbhanga Diamonds, Gaya Gladiators and Patna Pilots. The matches will be covered on private sports channels & the bidding was kept at Rs 50,000 per player.
“As far as I know, there has been no approvals given to Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) as on February 28th evening to organize any T20 league. I don’t know how they went ahead with the auctions,” a senior BCCI official, who is privy to sanctions of state-based leagues, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
When media questioned BCA president Rakesh Tiwari about going ahead with the auctions before getting necessary approval to organize such tournament, his reply was very evasive. “We had sought permission from the BCCI but we haven’t yet received any reply from them,” Tiwari said.
Media asked BCA President that they could have waited for the papers since it’s already more than a month that BCCI has not given approvals after all the controversies surrounding Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL)? To which Tiwari replied, “I will talk to you tomorrow”.
When Nishant Dayal, the boss of Elite Sports which is helping BCA to organize the tournament was asked about the matter, he said that the BCA had sought permission from the BCCI on January 22. “The request letter to BCCI was sent by the Bihar Cricket Association on January 22 as per norms of the parent body which requires any state board to send their application for conducting such league 45 days before the start of the tournament. We had also written to BCCI’s ACU unit for their help in smooth and fair conduct of the tournament,” said Dayal.
The State run Leagues have come under scanner after former Karnataka & India A Wicketkeeper batsman CM Gautham & former IPL Player Abrar Kazi were arrested for their involvement in fixing in the Karnataka Premier League games. In some of these televised State League games, the betting patterns have been unusual at times & once a UK based firm stopped taking bets after detecting unusual patterns in one of the games.
It is worth nothing that it has been five weeks since BCA applied for the Permission & are yet to get the nod from the BCCI to go ahead with the Bihar League. Former India players Madan Lal and Saba Karim, who till recently was BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) attended the auction event on Saturday.
Whether BCA could conduct Bihar Cricket League without getting prior approval from the BCCI or BCCI will take an action against the BCA is a wait & watch thing. What is your opinion on this? Share in the comments section with us!
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