CoA grants full BCCI membership to Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand, in their first Ranji Trophy season, reached the knockouts.

Uttarakhand has been granted full BCCI membership by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), ending a 19-year wait for the Himalayan region to be accepted into mainstream Indian domestic cricket.

Four factions from within Uttarakhand put forward their cases for full BCCI membership – the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU), the Uttarakhand Cricket Association (UKCA), the United Cricket Association (UTCA) and the Uttaranchal Cricket Association (UCA).

The BCCI’s Affiliation Committee comprising Saba Karim, General Manager, Cricket Operations, and Cricket Advisory Committee member Anshuman Gaekwad oversaw the process and after they submitted their report, it was down to the CAU and UCA.

The CAU got the nod on the basis of having generated more revenue from 2005 to 2018.

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The decision was taken by the CoA on Tuesday, with a statement from the panel stating: “Committee of Administrators hereby grants full membership of BCCI to CAU from the state of Uttarakhand. Cricket Association of Uttarakhand has been inducted as member association and as a full member and accordingly COA will be communicating amendments required in their constitution.”

The CoA has instructed the CAU to appoint an electoral officer and conduct elections as per the approved constitution, by September 14.

Commenting on Uttarakhand getting full BCCI membership, the state’s sports minister Arvind Pandey said: “This day is a very happy day for Uttarakhand cricket. I did not advocate for any association in BCCI. I have only advocated for state players. I congratulate every player of the state for this. I thank the BCCI and will go to Delhi and express my gratitude to COA President Vinod Rai.”

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Added PC Verma, the CAU secretary: “I have dedicated my whole life to cricket. Earned nothing but cricket in his life. Today my heartfelt wish came true. Now no player from my state will have to go out to play cricket. For this I pay special thanks to the BCCI, Committee of Administrators.”

In June 2018, Uttarakhand was one of nine teams allowed to play domestic cricket after the CoA granted approval. Uttarakhand qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy quarter-finals. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy they missed out on qualification for the knockouts.

In the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy, Uttarakhand will play in Group C.