Ranji Trophy 2017-18: With no money available, J&K to pull out of Ranji Trophy participation?
The Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) is considering pulling out of the national championship cricket tournament, the Ranji Trophy 2017-18, owing to some financial losses. Earlier in July 2017, the JKCA had approached the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to issue a letter to its bank account to regularise the payment from its frozen account, and disburse INR 34 crores. JKCA have had multiple controversies for the past few weeks, including allegations of financial misappropriation, as the JKCA accounts have been frozen by the judicial authorities. The JKCA had also set up two groups to fight for its authorities, resulting in the team playing it’s home matches at an away venue, a couple of years back. Imran Ansari elected new JKCA president
“We have written to everyone in the BCCI, but till date no response has come. You tell me how shall I run cricket here. The tournament [Ranji Trophy] is starting next month. We have to conduct selection trials here. If a boy comes from Jammu, where shall I put him up? Who will pay him daily allowance? If such is the case, what shall we do other than taking a drastic step which will hurt cricket badly. There has been no word from the BCCI so far,” said JKCA secretary, Iqbal Shah, as reported by The Indian Express. JKCA hopeful of support from BCCI
“It is not easy to run cricket. There is an investigation taking place on misappropriation of funds here. The association needs at least around 6-7 crore annually to run cricket in the state. I want to have a Ranji Trophy camp now but I can’t as I don’t have the money to pay daily allowance to my players. Tell me, what shall I do other than pull out of this important cricket tournament?” he added. Mehjoor Ali Sofi gets visa for UK to play county cricket
“I was told that the matter will be taken up by the Committee of Administrators [CoA]. I went and met them in Delhi. They said it will go back to the office-bearer. Now these office-bearers have been given a notice by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The other day, I was told that the decision on my state association can only be taken by the general body. The next hearing in the Supreme Court is on September 19. So where is the general body now? Chances are that the BCCI AGM will only take place next month. And from next month, the domestic championship is starting,” he concluded.