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No NOC for players

Pankaj Singh

New Delhi: With domestic season set to kick off in another month-and-a-half’s time, the future of top Rajasthan cricketers like Pankaj Singh, Robin Bist and Ashok Menaria hangs in balance.

It is difficult for them to even get an inter-state transfer, with the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) being banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The time-frame for seeking an inter-state transfer ends on Monday and although some of players have offers from other states, they won’t be able to seek a transfer as they can’t get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their home state.

“RCA, as of now, is banned by the BCCI. Therefore a banned state body can’t give a NOC to any player, who is seeking an inter-state transfer,” a senior BCCI official said.

“As per BCCI rules, it is mandatory for a player to get an NOC from the last state association. The moment, BCCI allows RCA to give NOC for inter-state transfer, that would mean that there is no ban on the association. BCCI can’t allow that to happen. Well, the sufferers will be Rajasthan players if the BCCI does not help those, who want transfers. ,” the source added.

Apart from Pankaj, who recently played for India in Test matches, Robin and Menaria, who have played for India A, have some of the states interested in them. Some of the states, who have used professionals to a great extent over the years are Andhra, Assam, Vidarbha to name a few. (PTI)