next to the control board Cricket India’s (BCCI) season begins in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) is witnessing a battle for power between two state leaders affiliated to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For the past few weeks, Bihar’s two U-19 cricket teams have been led by two state politicians, each claiming to be the president of the BCA. The state is witnessing intense tussle between the two groups led by former BJP treasurer and BCA president Rakesh Tiwari and former MLA and state BJP spokesperson Prem Ranjan Patel. Interestingly, both of them are claiming that they are representing BCA.
Tiwary, who had attended the last BCCI AGM, has shortlisted 135 junior players for trials before the selection of the Under-19 team. On September 14, he will name the squad after a camp, the Indian Express reports. On the other hand, the rebel group led by Patel has already sent the names of ‘Bihar Under-19 Team’ to BCCI.
Tiwari said the players selected by Patel are not even registered with the BCA.
“They have no recognition, no office, and no official email address. When were they elected? Who are their members? There are people who just want to create nuisance,” Tiwari alleged, the newspaper. According to.
Stating that he is the BCA president, Patel said Tiwari was removed from the post of BCA president in an emergency meeting held last year. He said that out of total 38 district associations of the state, 28 participated in the meeting and elected him the president of the association. He said that he has conducted selection trials and has been updating the BCCI about the activities of the BCA.
Commenting on the impasse, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the board will look into the matter. He said that the board will not tolerate such activities where two teams are being formed from one state for one tournament.
Earlier this year, the BCA organized the T20 league without proper permission from the BCCI.