Former Indian skipper and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly will talk to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top brass Anurag Thakur including its general secretary Ajay Shirke and other officials regarding the revocation of rescheduled Ranji Trophy game between Bengal and Gujarat.
Following the procedure, the committee has been enforcing the laws within the parameters of cricketing rules in the past.
Sportzwiki has learnt the left-handed batting legend from Kolkata will send a formal letter to the cricket governing body BCCI regarding the revocation very soon.
“I am aware of the situation. I will be taking up this issue at the appropriate forum with president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke,” Ganguly quoted as saying by PTI.
The smog-hit match between Bengal and Gujarat on November 7-10 was rescheduled after two days passed without a single ball being bowled during the game.
Following that, the Ranji encounter was shifted to Vishakhapatnam for December 15-18. Calling it an “unfair advantage” for both teams, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) took the matter to the BCCI without wasting any time.
On Wednesday, Bengal is all set to play an all-important game against Madhya Pradesh and the decision from the CAB might hamper their progress while looking at the current verdict from the board.
Ganguly, who heads the technical committee, said he has been in touch with players and has told them to play according to merit and fight as a unit on field to emerge victorious.
“I have told the boys that they should just focus on the match and not think about anything else. Their goal should be to win the match,” Ganguly added.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has stressed on “fair game” and to make rules open – to organize the games without getting affected.
“There was some confusion on that. We have now decided to make the rules more explicit so that such situations may not occur in future, everything is a learning process. This is the first time there was a smog-pollution affected match and therefore, I think what the senior tournament committee has decided is a fair call in the interest of cricket and within the rules,” Shirke said.
Due to the amended BCCI constitution Page 3 of Clause F – the decision to revoke fails which has been shown clear dislike by CAB.
It’s pertinent to mention that for the CAB, the matter was amended constitution (ii) which stated: “The Committee shall recommend change if any in the format or schedule of the Senior Tournaments to the Technical Committee”.
Following the plans, the CAB is looking to chalk out the programme and point out the amendment and rules which are being considered during the playing conditions.
“We express disappointment over the decision because as per the amended BCCI constitution, rescheduling was technical committee’s and not tournament committee’s prerogative,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya stated.