Bihar players stage stir at BCCI AGM venue

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Bihar Players Association today staged a hunger-strike outside the venue of the BCCI Annual General Meeting here and threatened to launch a fast unto death outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on October two if the Cricket Board did not restore affiliation to the state.

Carrying banners demanding that the BCCI 'stop step-motherly treatment and injustice' to Bihar, the players' association said the board, though granting affiliation to a new state like Jharkhand on September 12, did not restore Bihar's status as its member.

Consequently, "the players of our state are facing a dark future. Bihar has no dearth of talented players but now they are all shaky about their cricketing future," MrityunjayTewari, president of the Bihar Players Association, said.

Demanding that the board immediately grant affiliation to Bihar Cricket Association, Tewari, a former Ranji Trophy player, said "if no decision is taken at the AGM today, we will continue our agitation and hold a fast unto death outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on October two."

The BCCI had extended full membership to Cricket Association of Jharkhand in place of dissolved Bihar Cricket Association at a special meeting in Chennai on September 12.

The board, which cancelled the affiliation of Bihar four year's back, has so far been against restoring its status as a member in view of the disputes between two groups in that state.

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