Tussle between Saurashtra player associations out in the open

The tussle between the two factions of the Saurashtra Cricketers’ Association has gotten ugly, with the body headed by Mahendra Rajdev hitting back at former Test cricketer Karsav Ghavri’s outburst against the recognition to the players' association and alleged blatant misuse of power by SCA supremo Niranjan Shah.

With Saurashtra already having two registered player associations, the SCA’s governing body on May 27, recognised Rajdev-led association. It led to Karsan Ghavri objecting against the move to the CoA.   -  Twitter

The tussle between the two factions of the Saurashtra Cricketers’ Association has gotten ugly, with the body headed by Mahendra Rajdev hitting back at former Test cricketer Karsan Ghavri’s outburst against the recognition to the players' association and alleged blatant misuse of power by SCA supremo Niranjan Shah.

In a letter written to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on September 4, accessed by Sportstar, Prakash Bhatt, the secretary of Association of Cricketers of Saurashtra, expressed surprise at Ghavri’s outburst against the players’ body and its head Rajdev.

“We have always welcomed to our association Mr. Ghavri and others who claim to have separate players association,” wrote Bhatt. “It is surprising to see Mr. Ghavri alleging Mr. Rajdev, whereas Mr. Ghavri had his cricketing career mostly from Mumbai. It is very positive that Mr. Rajdev has been member of Saurashtra Cricket Association’s  Governing Body and has always been well representing players of Saurashtra.”

In a scathing letter to CoA last week, Ghavri had reportedly pointed out Rajdev’s dual role being in conflict with the objective of forming player associations, according to the proposed administrative reforms in Indian cricket. “I plead to the CoA to put in place a robust and fair process by which independent and proactive players’ bodies be formed arounSd the country,” Ghavri had reportedly written to the CoA.

“If it is left to the state unit to recognise the players’ body of their choice, the SC order's purpose of giving cricketers a say in administration will be defeated.”

With the proposed reforms making it mandatory for a players’ association to be formed and a male and female representative each to be inducted into the governing body of the BCCI as well as its affiliated units, multiple state associations have started selectively recognising player bodies that are in alignment with the state body.

With Saurashtra already having two registered player associations, the SCA’s governing body on May 27, recognised Rajdev-led association. It led to Ghavri objecting against the move to the CoA.