The Committee of Administrators hasn’t responded to the Lakshadweep Cricket Association’s request that sought the BCCI affiliation, but hurried to aid Maldive Cricket. Upon learning this, CAB joint-secretary Avishek Dalmiya urged for support for LCA and requested the CoA to intervene immediately.
Last year, the BCCI allowed nine teams including few North-East states, Puducherry, Bihar, and Uttarakhand to participate in the Ranji Trophy and gave them the full-member status. However, barring Puducherry, they have completely neglected the other union territories and the Lakshadweep Cricket Association is one among them.
Last year when Ranjeet Kalra, an executive member of the Lakshadweep Cricket Association (LCA), failed to get any sort of reply from the CoA, he requested Sachin Tendulkar to have some young cricketers from the Union Territory for training at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy and the former Indian cricketer gladly responded as six young cricketers were sent to Pune for the training purpose.
When Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint-secretary Avishek Dalmiya learnt about the incident, he sent an email to BCCI, urging support for the LCA.
“Through Media Reports, it has been learnt that the BCCI is keen to support Cricket Board of Maldives in their cricket related activities. While it is heartening to note that BCCI is standing beside its neighbouring/regional countries in the development of the game, BCCI should also focus at territories within the country,” Avishek, who headed the New Area Development Programme (NADP), wrote in his letter, reported Indian Express.
“In this regard , I thought it is my duty to remind you of the earlier letter sent by Lakshadweep Cricket Association (which may be found in the trailing mail) wherein they had sought BCCI intervention and support in order to ensure players from there are not deprived of availing opportunities in BCCI matches,” he further added.
Kalra, admitting that the regular failure in reaching out to BCCI, told the Sunday Express, “It’s been more than a year since we have been writing (to the BCCI). And even Avishek in his capacity as the then chairman of the NADP forwarded my mail to the BCCI. I also sent emails and also a letter through registered post. What we have requested to the BCCI is that Lakshadweep has many talented cricketers and they need to be brought into the Indian cricket’s mainstream.”
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