| Gautam Roy addresses the news conference in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Nov. 8: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) today took exception to its parent body BCCI’s submission in Gauhati High Court that the law and order situation in Guwahati was not conducive for IPL matches.
Reacting to BCCI’s remark in its affidavit submitted in connection with a PIL filed by social worker G.L. Agarwala yesterday, ACA president Gautam Roy today said, “We disagree with the submission. We were never asked by the BCCI in this regard and we never gave such a report because the situation here is very normal and even safer than some other cities in the country.”
Endorsing the president, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said the association would raise the matter in the BCCI working committee meeting.
“We have indeed applied for IPL matches in Guwahati vide a letter on September 10, 2011. However, the BCCI is yet to respond to it in view of non-fulfillment of certain criteria for IPL venue,” Baruah said.
The ACA top brass also took note of media reports on the alleged misappropriation of BCCI funds in the construction of the cricket stadium in Barsapara ground here.
“We have spent Rs 90.56 crore so far in the stadium construction, of which we have got BCCI subsidy of Rs 34.11 crore and a claim of Rs 20 crore is still pending. The state government has contributed Rs 1 crore. The rest we are spending from BCCI grants of media rights and IPL benefits,” said ACA treasurer Ghanashyam Boruah.