Bangalore, Aug 21: After eight days of celebrations, now comes controversy for the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and its officials including stalwarts Anil Kumble, the president of the association and Javagal Srinath (secretary).
KSCA was being praised from all quarters for organising a memorable function as part of their platinum jubilee extravaganza.
Former and present cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar were brought under one roof on August 17 in culmination of 8-day festivities. Now, former secretary of KSCA and one of the biggest names in state cricket, Brijesh Patel has hit out at the current office-bearers.
According to reports in the local media, Patel alleges that the KSCA's Managing Committee was not consulted before spending nearly Rs 4 crore for platinum jubilee. Patel, a former India batsman, also goes on to add that even he was not invited in a right way by the present committee. It is learnt that big budget events need to be approved by members at the Special Annual General Body Meeting.
Former KSCA president and scion of Mysore royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar alleges that the present committee had celebrated platinum jubilee four years late as elections will be held son in the next couple of months.
"All this platinum jubilee celebrations were held keeping in mind this year's elections. The association was established in 1934 and the 75th year celebrations should have been held in 2009 or 2010 not now in the 79th year," Wodeyar said.
"When celebrating platinum jubilee of the KSCA, the members were not taken into confidence. It really hurts me," said Patel, who was KSCA secretary for 12 years.
"The past presidents and secretaries of KSCA, who had worked hard for the association were forgotten," Patel added.
Some of the members also questioned why former New Zealand fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee was invited by KSCA. According to sources, Hadlee was paid $10,000 by the association to attend the function.
"What has Richard Hadlee got to do with KSCA," a member questioned.
When his reaction was sought to all these allegations, Srinath brushed aside them and said he was not bothered by them.
"I will not react to their comments. I am not bothered about what they say," was Srinath's answer.