Hailakandi, May 6: Son of India, who were defeated in the final, were declared winners of the District Sports Association, Silchar, third division cricket tournament after opponents Cachar Sporting Club were found guilty of fielding unregistered players in the final on Sunday.
An emergent meeting of the cricket section of the DSA last evening found the complaint lodged by Son of India to be legitimate and detected that Cachar Sporting had fielded some players who were not registered with the DSA.
The DSA had postponed the prize distribution ceremony on Sunday after receiving the complaint.
The secretaries of the teams, Hema Ranjan Das (Son of India) and Sadique Ahmed (Cachar Sporting Club), agreed to the decision.
Cachar Sporting secretary Sadique Ahmed admitted that not registering the players was a mistake.
The secretary of Son of India, Hema Ranjan Das, expressed satisfaction over the decision and said they have got a chance to play in the second division after a long gap.
In 2002, they were relegated to the third division.
The DSA had last year made registration of players mandatory from the quarter-final level.
Cachar Sporting had defeated Surabhi Club in the quarter-final stage and Liberty Club in the semi-finals. The two clubs have also expressed concern over the matter as they were ousted from the tournament illegally.
The meeting, however, did not name any club as the runners-up. DSA cricket secretary Arijit Gupta said: “We have only taken the decision regarding the champion of the league and other issues will be sorted out soon.”
Burnie academy win
Burnie Brease Women’s Football Academy won the Kiang Khasia Women’s Football Championship, organised by Burnie Brease Youth Club at Burnie Brease Tea Estate’s ground, in Hailakandi district today.
Burnie Brease defeated Pedlapunjee ST Samaj Unnayan Sanstha 5-3 during tiebreakers today. The match was a 1-1 draw in the stipulated time and Burnie Brease Academy netted four of their shots in the penalty shootout for the victory. Pedlapunjee Sanstha took the lead with a Suhana Laskar goal in the 21st minute. Jahnabi Rongmei, however, equalised for the winners in the 56th minute.
Burnie goalkeeper Rashimala Devi was named Best Player of the final.