Four cricket bodies merge in Bihar, says Azad

Published: Thursday, February 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Patna:In order to isolate the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), four separate cricket bodies which came into being after the bifurcation of Bihar state, today decided to merge "for the promotion of cricket in the state."

The Association of Bihar Cricket led by former BJP MP and former Test cricketer Kirti Jha Azad, Bihar Cricket Association (Patna) headed by DIG of CRPF Alok Raj, Cricket Association of Bihar under the stewardship of Adhikari M M Prasad and Mrityunjay Tiwari-led Bihar Players' Association today merged and decided to register the new association under the Company's Act.

Announcing this at a press conference, Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian cricket team, in the presence of Alok Raj, Prasad and Tiwari declared that all the four bodies had now become one.

"A merger of the four cricket associations has taken place to boost cricket in the state," he said, adding "we will now now channelise our efforts for promotion of cricket in Bihar and move the BCCI for affliation after the new body is registered."

In reply to a query, Jha said the merger would mean "isolation of the Bihar Cricket Association run by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad who has played the role of dampener to our efforts to promote cricket here.

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