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Calcutta club faces zone ire

Guwahati, Oct. 5: The East Zone members of the BCCI have moved the apex body to curtail membership and benefits to National Cricket Club (NCC) of Calcutta.

Barring Cricket Association of Bengal, the four other state associations of the zone — Orissa Cricket Association, Jharkhand Cricket Association, Assam Cricket Association and Tripura Cricket Association — have submitted a joint petition to the BCCI recently. The associations have contended that the club hardly works for the development of cricket and does not have adequate infrastructure and logistics to develop the sport.

“Since the club does not organise any cricket tournament, nor does it participate in cricket tournaments and does not hold any coaching camps, coaches’ camps, umpires’ training, it is a sheer wastage of BCCI funds. Merely attending BCCI meetings by the club officials cannot help develop cricket,” one of the signatories, Bikash Baruah, secretary of Assam Cricket Association, said.

The four states have also requested the BCCI to curtail voting rights of the club in BCCI elections.

The move could be viewed as a fallout of the club’s strongman and former ICC chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya’s reported initiative to project senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley as BCCI presidential candidate from the East Zone to succeed incumbent Shashank Manohar.

The zonal members, mostly in Congress domain, feel it could project candidates like Ranjib Biswal of Odisha, Gautam Roy of Assam or Arindam Ganguly of Tripura.

Dalmiya, who is also the president of CAB, was cornered recently by the zonal members when he tried to project former first class player Arup Bhattacharya as the senior selection committee representative from the zone. The zone nominated Syed Saba Karim of Jharkhand and Bhattacharya had to be content with a berth in the junior selection committee. The ACA was also assured last year that an Assam representative would be nominated to senior selection committee this time which, however, did not figure in the BCCI meeting last week.