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ACA goes easy on probe terms

Guwahati, Jan. 19: The Assam Cricket Association has toned down its terms on the probe into the dismal performance of the Assam Ranji team in the last season, over a week after issuing a press release on the institution of an inquiry.

Apparently under pressure after the selectors refused to discharge their duty during the Vijay Hazare Trophy trials, the ACA issued a clarification, vide a letter dated January 16 that was delivered to The Telegraph yesterday, saying it has not “showcaused” anyone but has sou-ght “an explanation for the po-or performance of the team”.

The earlier statement said the ACA has “asked the captain, coaches, manager and selectors of the team to explain the reasons for the poor performance”. The latest ACA statement says: “The Assam Cricket Association simply wanted to know reasons for the dismal performance.”

“No showcause letter was ever issued,” it added, endorsing the selectors’ statement that they have not received any official communication till now. The selectors took offence at the usage of the word showcause and the ACA going to the press even before they were informed officially about such a step.

The selection committee comprises Bimal Bharali, Nagesh Singh, Naba Konwar and Ratul Das.

One of selectors said a similar step was more necessary in case of the under-19 and under-16 teams.

“The under-19 and under-16 sides also had a disastrous season and those are the players who need proper grooming. A similar initiative in case of the junior teams would have been more appreciated rather than trying to find out reasons about the senior side, which are so obvious,” the selector told The Telegraph.


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