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Silchar threatens legal step

Hailakandi, May 7: The District Sports Association (DSA), Silchar has threatened to go to court if any unwarranted decision is taken by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) regarding the Silchar team in the J.K. Baruah Trophy Inter-district Under-19 Cricket Championship.

The prize distribution ceremony of the tournament at Dibrugarh was cancelled by the ACA after receiving a written complaint by Silchar's final opponent Golaghat alleging fielding of players from outside the state in the Silchar team.

DSA, Silchar general secretary Babul Hore said the complaint should not be entertained as they have not deposited the protest fee.

Hore attended the meeting of the ACA in Guwahati on Tuesday where the matter was discussed but no specific decision was taken. He said the complaint, which was produced before him in the meeting, was not accompanied by a formal forwarding letter.

He said all the players were citizens of India and there was no written rule in the ACA constitution that players from outside the state could not play. He also held the ACA responsible if any player was fielded illegally “because the ACA authorities have signed the registration of these players.” Hore said Jatin Malik, who was one of the players from outside the state as alleged by Golaghat, has already played in the Assam state team and there should not be any problem for him in playing for Silchar.

Hore alleged that players from outside the state were playing in the different teams of Golaghat, Guwahati and Nagaon. He said there was no match observer in the final of J.K. Baruah Trophy Tournament and the complaint was handed over to the secretary of Dibrugarh DSA.

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