BCCI committee rejects Rajasthan's protest

Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The protest lodged by Rajasthan against Assam for allegedly fielding more than three professionals in last season's Ranji Trophy Elite Division league was on Wednesday rejected by the senior tournament committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The BCCI sub-committee, which met in Mumbai under the chairmanship of its vice president Gautam Roy, heard representatives of both the parties to the dispute, went through documentary evidence and records and did not uphold the protest, BCCI secretary S K Nair said.

"The committee had the power to either uphold or reject the protest and decided to reject it on technical grounds after lengthy deliberations and after hearing representatives of both Rajasthan and Assam. It also examined records and other documentary evidence relevant to the dispute," Nair said.

The BCCI sub-committee also endorsed the recommendations of its technical committee to empower match referees with wider powers to deal with doctoring of pitches, players' misbehaviour and lack of sufficient infrastructure in staging centres, Nair said.

"It also endorsed the technical committee's recommendations to fix qualification standards for match referees, like having played 25 or 30 first class matches. All these recommendations would be forwarded to the Board's working committee for its approval," Nair added.

"There is a recommendation for forming an elite panel of match referees on the lines of International Cricket Council's (ICC) panel. It has also been proposed to review the panel members' performance at the end of each year," he said.

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