Tendulkars of U’khand have no association to support them
MUSSOORIE, 29 DEC: While the people of Uttarakhand are converging here for a glimpse of the cricket maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, budding cricketers are under a quandary due to lack of a legitimate cricket association in Uttarakhand. They have to take refuge in other states, which is proving difficult for them. The father of young cricketer Rajesh (name changed) was refused entry in the less than 16 years’ category from Baroda as he did not have a domicile certificate of Gujarat. Harish (name changed) is an all rounder in the making but has no state association that could project him on the national stage.
Already refused entry from Gujarat, he is highly demoralised and does not have the courage to represent the parent body, Cricket Association of Uttar Pradesh. His father says the whole process is cumbersome and time consuming. Without a legitimate cricketing body that is affiliated to BCCI, the would-be Tendulkars of Uttarakhand stand no chance of competing on the national scene.
According to the President of one of the Cricket Associations of the state, PC Verma, the BCCI has set up a committee to choose from the many claimants seeking to represent the state. Arun Jaitely is the president of this committee and the process is on. However, no deadline has been set. PC Verma also said that an interim arrangement had been made under which Uttarakhand cricketers could compete from Uttar Pradesh and Neha Pharasi and Anju Bhandari were already representing the state in women’s cricket. He, however, felt that an organisation affiliated to BCCI could build a cricket academy or infrastructure for the Ranji matches to be held, here, at least.
Jot Singh Gunsola, President of the District Cricket Association, is of the view that till the time Uttarakhand does not have a legitimate body, the talented cricketers will be deprived of the chance to represent the country. He expressed the hope the committee would select a legitimate association soon.for more details and source ngo tohttp://www.garhwalpost.com/centrenewsdetail.aspx?id=9611;&nt=City