Aditya Verma © PTI
Aditya Verma © PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow the Bihar state team to participate in the Ranji Trophy and other Cricket tournaments. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, passed the order. BCCI had not allowed Bihar to participate in state-level competitions, as the state body was not a full-time member of the Cricket board.

The three-judge bench of the apex court also observed that it was in the interest of the game of Cricket that Bihar be allowed to participate in cricket tournaments. In the recently released Ranji Trophy calendar, by the BCCI to state associations, Bihar and north-eastern states were not being included. Reflecting on his case, Aditya Verma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) said that he has decided to fight his case in person seeing the pain in the eyes of the budding cricketers in Bihar.Verma has been fighting for this right for past two years.

An excited Verma told Hindustan Times, “It’s not a day to talk about who will run Bihar cricket. It’s about kids in Bihar who have now got the right to play in Indian cricket circuit. I am thankful to the Supreme Court.”