NE States take their Ranji Trophy grievances to CoA

“Each one of us have asked the CoA that their team be included in the Ranji Trophy, under-16, under-19, under-23 and women’s tournament draw; not as a united team, but as six individual teams,” said Naba Bhattacharjee, the Shillong-based convenor of the North-East Cricket Development Committee.

Naba Bhattacharjee has been in the vanguard of the NE States fight for recognition as a full member of the BCCI.   -  Special Arrangement

The six North-East States - Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim - that has been recommended by the Justice Lodha Committee to be admitted as full members of the BCCI, have written to the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that they be included in the draw of all the domestic tournaments for the 2017-18 season.

“Each one of us have asked the CoA that their team be included in the Ranji Trophy, under-16, under-19, under-23 and women’s tournament draw; not as a united team, but as six individual teams,” said Naba Bhattacharjee, the Shillong-based convenor of the North-East (NE) Cricket Development Committee.

The six States have given the CoA, background details of the cricket activities in their respective States. “We have told the CoA that Shillong hosted the 1948 Ranji Trophy match between Assam and United Provinces; this was long before some associations came into existence. We have informed the CoA that they have implemented majority of the Lodha recommendations,’’ said Bhattacharjee, who has been in the vanguard of the NE States fight for recognition as a full member of the BCCI.

When asked if the NE States will approach the court, if their request is not met with, Bhattacharjee said: “We will wait for the response from the CoA and react accordingly.”

The CoA will meet at the Cricket Centre here on Tuesday to prepare a draft Constitution of the BCCI as per the main judgment of July 18, 2016 and also as per the Supreme Court order dated July 24, 2017. The Supreme Court has asked the CoA to do so. The CoA consists of two members,Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, but the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and the legal team will be present at the meeting.

Other BCCI General Managers like Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, Dr. M.V. Sridhar are likely to be part of the discussions that will touch upon the yet to be made public domestic calendar, the dates of the forthcoming limited over series against Australia and matters related to the IPL media rights.