GUWAHATI, March 1 - The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has expressed deep concern over non inclusion of Rahul Singh, left arm spinner and Riyan Parag, opening batsman in the Indian U-19 team which is playing against touring England squad despite performing creditably in the BCCI�s U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy Cricket Tournament this season.
Addressing a press conference today, the ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain said the State cricket body has raised the issue in an informal meeting of the State cricket bodies held in New Delhi on February 27 where 26 State units were present. The ACA also wrote to the BCCI (Committee of Administrators, CoA) in this regard.
Rahul was the highest wicket taker in this season with 54 victims from eight matches while Riyan was the third highest scorer with 642 runs also in eight matches. Riyan scored one double century and one century while Rahu had 10-wicket hauls in three matches and five-wicket hauls in five.
Devojit Saikia, vice president, ACA said that the CoA has reduced the number of selection panel from five to three who never visited the match venues to watch Rahul and Riyan�s show.
The ACA secretary revealed that they have to run the Association facing an acute financial crisis as the BCCI grants became almost nil these days. He informed that they have taken Rs 2 crore from bank through over draft for running the activities. The ACA has to spend for 57 BCCI matches this season apart from continuing the activities in the districts.
Saikia while explaining about the fund position of the body said, when they took over the charge they got Rs 98 lakh from the previous body. After taking over they got Rs 14.47 crore from BCCI out of which Rs 9.35 crore had to be paid as service tax. Now after deducting they have around Rs 5.5 crore from which they are continuing all the activities including paying DA to the players doing duty for the State teams.
Saikia said, they have to wait till the later part of this month when the Supreme Court will give its verdict on State associations for fulfilling the Lodha Committee recommendations.
Today as per the CoA guideline the ACA has sent its reply to BCCI on implementation of Lodha panel.
ID tourney: Saikia revealed that various inter districts tournaments will be organised during July to August after which the pre season tournaments and the exposure tours will be arranged so that the players get tuned for the next domestic season.