BCCI awards boycott: KSCA stands firm

The Karnataka State Cricket Association has said that there would be no change in its stance to boycott the annual BCCI awards function and the M. A. K. Pataudi Lecture, to be held in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

The decision to boycott was taken after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided not to extend invites to those officials disqualified in the wake of the Lodha Committee reforms.   -  Getty Images

Days after writing to the BCCI to convey its decision to boycott the annual awards ceremony and the M. A. K. Pataudi Lecture, to be held here on Wednesday, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has said that there would be no change in its stance.

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The decision to boycott was taken after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided not to extend invites to those officials disqualified in the wake of the Lodha Committee reforms.

“The stand doesn’t change,” said Vinay Mruthyunjaya, the KSCA spokesperson. “Even if somebody is disqualified, they have been disqualified for administrative reasons. Why should they not be there for the function? Some of them are cricketers. Ashok Anand is a cricketer, Brijesh (Patel) is a cricketer. You cannot take away their contributions.”

He also clarified that the BCCI had not responded to its letter dated March 3. “No they didn’t get back to us. The entire country is joining us. Karnataka has taken the lead. Most associations have written to us. If you go to the function, you will only see.”

Many associations decided to boycott the function once the invitation to the awards function highlighted a rider: “Kindly note that the committee of administrators is constrained to convey that only those office-bearers who are qualified as per the Supreme Court orders are expected to attend the function.’’

The KSCA expressed its displeasure to the BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, saying: “We call upon yourself to please inform the CoA that the KSCA will not accept such humiliation and as a mark of protest will boycott the said function though cricket and cricketers are dear to our heart.’’

The KSCA letter was signed by Sanjay M. Desai (President) and R. Sudhkar Rao (Hon. Secretary).

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