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Saturday , September 22 , 2012
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Singhco moves ACA for league

Guwahati, Sept. 21: Prospective Assam Premier League organiser Singhco India Sports Management Pvt Ltd has moved the Assam Cricket Association, after a wait of seven months, to expedite the process of organising the tournament so that the cash-rich league could be held in the next season.

“We have requested the ACA to give the final nod to hold the tournament at the earliest. We are under tremendous pressure from various quarters, including cricketers and prospective sponsors,” Singhco India’s director (operations) Vijay Singh told The Telegraph here today.

The wait is for the ACA to draft the final agreement on the lines of the Karnataka Premier League.

ACA secretary Bikash Baruah confirmed having received the request letter but said it would take some time for the ACA to finalise things.

“The governing body will have to approve the agreement before we can sign it with the party concerned,” he said.

“Moreover, the aspiring organisers should also furnish details of teams, franchise and players involved so far, which we need to know before according final approval,” he added.

Sources in the ACA said the process was stalled by the delay on the part of the Karnataka State Cricket Association in sending a copy of the agreement they signed with the KPL organisers.

Though the ACA finally got a copy of it, its legal advisory cell chairman Nilay Dutta, who was supposed to draft the agreement, has been suffering from health problems during the last few months, leading to the delay in drafting the deal. The last meeting between the ACA and Singhco India decided to discuss the matter with the BCCI and subsequently, ACA president Gautam Roy and representatives of Singhco India met BCCI president N. Srinivasan and other office-bearers, including former Test player Javagal Srinath, in Chennai on February 13.

The BCCI suggested that Singhco India be liable for any tax related to the tournament and the ACA would provide only players, BCCI panel umpires which both the sides agreed upon.

“We have been incurring huge financial loss part from wasting time and energy. So we have requested the ACA to expedite the process and ascertain whether the league could be held,” Singh said. Singhco India had proposed the tournament in May last year.