UPCA chief threatens to resign

Published: Friday, April 15, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kanpur:Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association President Jagendra Swarup today threatened to resign from his post on the eve of the fifth One-dayer of India and Pakistan at the Green Park apparently unhappy over the functioning of some members of association.

Hinting that all was not well in the Association, Swarup said he was not getting any co-operation from some members of UPCA and demanded a probe into 40,000 tickets and passes of the match issued by them.

"We have convened a meeting of the Working Committee on April 16 to discuss issues related to the One-dayer and the Association's working. I will resign if needed," Swarup told PTI.

Swarup admitted that problems have arisen over the sale of tickets through the Central Bank counters. He said UPCA had given 26,000 tickets for sale through Central Bank of India but there was no record of about 14,000 tickets and passes.

He said all the powers regarding the conduct of work here rested in the hand's of former UPCA Secretary Jyoti Bajpai.

Bajpai last month resigned from the post on health grounds but has been asked to continue till the end of tomorrow's match. However, he is reported to be not in town. Swarup was also upset after the Police Administration sent the association a bill of over Rs 57 lakh for the stringent security arrangements for the match.

He said Kanpur city's Senior Superintendent of Police has sent a letter asking them to deposit Rs 57,18,000 in the treasury as three days wages for the security staff to be deputed in and around the Green Park Stadium.

In reply, the UPCA has refused to pay the amount saying they had not asked for security from the police force.

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