According to Aditya Verma, BCCI is displaying step-motherly treatment to Bihar © Getty Images (representational image)
According to Aditya Verma, BCCI is displaying step-motherly treatment to Bihar © Getty Images (representational image)

Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), which has been fighting for recognition, on Tuesday raised the issue with the Justice R.M. Lodha panel which is expected to submit its report soon. “The Lodha Committee which will be submitting its report in January 4 is expected to suggest several changes in the BCCI‘s constitution and functioning. So, I have written to panel raising the issue of providing affiliation,” said CAB secretary Aditya Verma. “For the past 14 years, budding cricketers have been denied a future by BCCI, which is a gross violation of human rights. Without any amendment in its rules, the BCCI wrongly deleted CAB’s affiliation,” he said in the letter.

“We therefore urge you to take steps to prevent this step motherly treatment by the BCCI,” said Verma who has repeatedly raised the affiliation issue with the BCCI.

Earlier this year an ad-hoc committee was formed by the BCCI to oversee the functioning of cricket in Bihar. BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, who is heading one of the newly formed ad-hoc committee visiting Bihar, said that they are positive that Bihar can take part in Associate tournament from this year onwards. “We have come to Bihar to see whether we can start the age group tournament for Bihar players or not. We have come here and we are very positive that it can be done. We have plenty of time left as tournament starts in October. We have gone and visited the stadiums also. I think with our ground-men and other help, we can make it possible for play,” Shah told ANI.