The technical committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) led by Sourav Ganguly, on Monday (16 April), comes on a decision to adhere with the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), and reinstate Bihar in Ranji Trophy next year.
However, Bihar is yet to get the green signal from the general body of the BCCI to approve the recommendation of the technical committee.
It was really great news for the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) to return to BCCI folds after suspended in 2001 because of their internal political battle. Following the suspension, it had been replaced by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association by then BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
From 2018, the BCA will now participate in Ranji Trophy and other BCCI Tournament as Bihar Cricket Team after they have been given full membership by BCCI in July 2016.
It is also learned that the BCCI’s technical committee also recommended of including the North-Eastern states in the Ranji Trophy.
Meanwhile, BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said that the committee has taken the decision because they feel that the players of Bihar and in the North- Eastern states deserve an opportunity to play against the best players in the domestic circuit.
Mr. Chaudhry told CricketNext, “The Technical Committee was unanimous in its meeting today that a team from Bihar shall play the Ranji Trophy and other such tournaments in accordance with the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Committee, in fact, has also recommended an option of including the North-Eastern states in the Ranji Trophy keeping in view a course to be followed for development of cricket in the region. The matter has been referred to the General Body with recommendations being made accordingly in terms with the procedures of the BCCI.”
He signed off, “The Committee was mindful of the fact that the total implementation of this decision came under the purview of more than just the Technical Committee and was therefore cautious in the recommendations that were made in order to not transgress beyond the Committee's jurisdiction.”