Thatscricket - News - Assam safe for cricket, says Mahanta

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati: Chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta in a letter tothe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dr A C Muthiah has said, ''The situation in the state is conducive, there is no apprehension of any incident and a One-day International match can be held in Guwahati in a fair and peaceful atmosphere during the visit of the forthcoming Australian Cricket team's tour to India.''Meanwhile, Assam Cricket Association secretary Nandan Bezbaruah has raised concern that the state may be neglected by the BCCI during the allocation of matches for Australia's tour. Though the proposed itinerary has appeared in a section of the media, BCCI secretary J Y Lele has said that the "real itinerary" would be released only on January 22 after the Working Committee meeting of the Board.In his letter, the ACA secretary has stated that the association had received a letter from BCCI informing about the ensuring Working Committee meeting. Since the Association did not have any members in the Working Committee, it had to express its opinion as desired by the BCCI secretary on issues, which were to be considered at the meeting. ''We are very surprised to see a new rotation policy coming up at a time when Australia are arriving next month. Once a rotation starts and some associations have already benefitted from the same, it would be extremely unfair to change the system at midstream."Such a change would benefit some associations at the cost of others like us. This is not only discriminatory and unwarranted but will also cause tension and bad feelings,'' the ACA secretary has claimed. UNI Extras:
ACA lodge protest on rotation policy

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