GUWAHATI, July 22 - A group of former cricketers demanded the removal of the president, secretary and treasurer of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) from their respective posts because of their alleged financial irregularities.
Addressing a press conference here today, former cricketers Dipak Das, Hemanga Baruah, Sajjad Zaheer Hussain, representing Association for Cricketers of Assam, alleged that the ACA gets Rs 90 crore from the BCCI per year but the officials do little for the development of the game in the State.
They also alleged that the officials are in the office for the last 13 years and there should be a change for the betterment of the game. Mentioning about the ACA AGM of 2014, which was, however, called off following a court order, they said an amount of Rs 19 lakh was spent for the abandoned meeting at Silchar.
Giving a statement of accounts of the ACA for the last five years, from 2008 to 2013, the former cricketers said, during this period around Rs 40 crore was spent by the cricket body in the heads like TA, catering, accommodation, tournament organisation, purchase of balls, etc.
They also mentioned that the ACA was taking more time for completing the Barsapara stadium in the city.
When contacted, a top ACA official declined to comment on the allegations as the matters are sub-judice. But the official opined that the ACA governing council will decide whether to remove the top officials or not.