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BCCI, UPCA spar over Doon as Ranji venue
The Group A Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, scheduled to be played in the newly-built stadium in Dehradun from October 24, has become a bone of contention in the Indian cricket board (BCCI). The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) wants to stage the game outside its state borders and BCCI says it is not in the UPCA's jurisdiction to do so.
Sources said Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has shown interest in the match being held in Dehradun. However, the BCCI isn't convinced and insisted that a Ranji Trophy match can't be played outside the home state. Sources said that the matter has been referred to the committee of administrators (CoA), which is keen to follow the BCCI rules.
"As the head of Uttarakhand state, the CM has done his bit to ensure that the match stays in Dehradun. The state has spent around Rs 250 crore for building the stadium. If these First-class matches aren't held there, what is the point of having this infrastructure?" a source close to the development asked.
The UPCA has said that most of its U-16, U-19, U-23 and women's matches have been played in Dehradun and they do not see any problem in the Ranji Trophy tie being held there. Their point is that if around 20 players from Uttarakhand are already playing in different age category teams of UP, not allowing Dehradun to host the Ranji Trophy match will not set the right example.
"Right now, BCCI is waiting for UPCA to suggest an alternative venue because there isn't much time left for the Maharashtra team to know where it is supposed to travel. Time is running out. But UPCA is still keen on having the match in Dehradun," an official said. However, a board official said: "Since UPCA has venues in Kanpur and Lucknow, it would be better if the match is held at one of these venues."
Uttarakhand will have a Ranji Trophy team of its own after there is clarity on the one-state-one-vote issue.
The Group A Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, scheduled to be played in the newly-built stadium in Dehradun from October 24, has become a bone of contention in the Indian cricket board (BCCI).
The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) wants to stage the game outside its state borders and BCCI says it is not in the UPCA's jurisdiction to do so.
Sources said Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has shown interest in the match being held in Dehradun. However, the BCCI isn't convinced and insisted that a Ranji Trophy match can't be played outside the home state. Sources said that the matter has been referred to the committee of administrators (CoA), which is keen to follow the BCCI rules.
"As the head of Uttarakhand state, the CM has done his bit to ensure that the match stays in Dehradun. The state has spent around Rs 250 crore for building the stadium. If these First-class matches aren't held there, what is the point of having this infrastructure?" a source close to the development asked.The UPCA has said that most of its U-16, U-19, U-23 and women's matches have been played in Dehradun and they do not see any problem in the Ranji Trophy tie being held there. Their point is that if around 20 players from Uttarakhand are already playing in different age category teams of UP, not allowing Dehradun to host the Ranji Trophy match will not set the right example."
Right now, BCCI is waiting for UPCA to suggest an alternative venue because there isn't much time left for the Maharashtra team to know where it is supposed to travel. Time is running out. But UPCA is still keen on having the match in Dehradun," an official said. However, a board official said: "Since UPCA has venues in Kanpur and Lucknow, it would be better if the match is held at one of these venues."Uttarakhand will have a Ranji Trophy team of its own after there is clarity on the one-state-one-vote issue.
(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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