Hindustan Times – The Supreme Court directed the Indian cricket Board on Tuesday to include Bihar state teams in all BCCI tournaments from the new season starting in September.
- The Supreme Court directed the Indian cricket Board on Tuesday to include Bihar state teams in all BCCI tournaments from the new season starting in September.
- The court passed the order while hearing a contempt plea filed against senior board officials, including acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri, by Aditya Verma of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on April 20 for ignoring an earlier court directive.
- Verma’s contempt petition came in the wake of BCCI not including Bihar for domestic tournaments that took place last season after the Supreme Court had asked it to include the state, which last played in the Ranji Trophy in 2003 before its isolation in the wake of in-fighting followed by BCCI’s disaffiliation.
- BCCI told the court Bihar was not included for tournaments like Vijay Hazare Trophy (one-day competition) last season as there were two rival claimants for running the state unit — CAB and Bihar Cricket Association (BCA).
- The bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra issued orders that from the season starting in September, while the dispute in Bihar cricket is resolved, Bihar state teams will play all BCCI tournaments.