Chennai: The East, which has six units affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is a house divided.
Four affiliates — Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tripura — have got together to question the very existence of the Calcutta-based National Cricket Club (NCC).
Jagmohan Dalmiya is the NCC president. He also heads the Cricket Association of Bengal.
According to The Telegraph’s sources, on Saturday night, the four collectively wrote to BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan, asking that the NCC be kept out of the working committee when its turn came by rotation.
They argued that the NCC doesn’t organise cricket activities and, as an affiliated unit, is living on borrowed time.
The letter was handed over to Srinivasan after the NCC’s secretary, K.P.Kajaria, “walked out” of the intra-zonal meeting when the working committee issue came up.
Srinivasan, however, chose to stand by Dalmiya and the NCC and it has found a place in the working committee for 2013-14.
The story, though, is unlikely to end here and Dalmiya has a problem on his hands. He’s already been embarrassed.