Bihar Cricket Association, along with its registered first-class and List A players, are likely to face tough sanctions from the BCCI.

“The BCCI has taken a principled stand on the issue and it is crucial to do so to combat the scourge of fixing and other unscrupulous activities. A state association cannot be disregarding such an integral rule of the BCCI’s constitution and then hope to get by with a simple apology. If a lenient view is taken with regard to unapproved tournaments then the structured cricketing system would all but collapse and unscrupulous activities would become rampant. The BCCI has taken the correct position here and must be lauded,” the former office-bearer said while speaking to ANI.

“There was a misunderstanding. We sent in a request to allow us to host the T20 league. We got a reply asking if we had followed all regulations. There was an issue as the rule says we cannot have a league 15 days on either side of the Indian Premier League. So, we changed the dates of the tournament and wrote back to the board. When the BCCI didn’t reply, we thought all was good,” he told ANI.

“Once you apply for a license, it does not mean that the license has been granted, it only means that an application has been made. So, the fact is that an unapproved tournament was conducted and that the BCCI has taken a strict view of the same,” he pointed.

“The logical consequence is similar to the consequences faced by those who were connected with the ICL (Indian Cricket League) in any way. The broadcaster faces blacklisting, the coaches and umpires and other participants face suspensions or ban as do the participants.

“The state association would also face sanctions for conducting an unapproved tournament. It is the duty of the participant, whether a player or a coach or a broadcaster etc. to ensure that the tournament that they are associating with is an approved tournament,” the functionary explained

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