There might well be no Ranji Trophy for Jammu and Kashmir players this season. The Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association, with its bank accounts frozen under instructions from judiciary authorities, is left with no funds in hand to conduct trials and bear team’s expenses. The association is considering to withdraw from the forthcoming Ranji Trophy championship in the wake of severe monetary crisis.
The State Association has written to the Board of Control in July to intervene in the matter and write to the Jammu & Kashmir Bank, which under legal instructions, has stopped operations on associations bank account, to release the funds. The State body has approximately INR 34 crore in its bank account. The association will require around INR 6 crore for its Ranji Trophy and other operations.
Otherwise, the JKCA is considering to withdraw from the upcoming domestic championships, scheduled to start next month.
Conducting selection trials is the first major challenge. As the players come from various districts, the association needs to provide travel, boarding and lodging. The association also needs funds for its other operations.
The BCCI has reportedly not JKCA’s annual share since 2012. The State body, marred by factional war, is also facing an investigation for misappropriation of fuds.
The JKCA is among the States to have agreed to implement the Lodha Committee reforms. The Supreme Court has directed the BCCI to issue annual grants to State association only after they submit an affidavit to implement the Lodha recommendations. TThe issue with the JKCA is that even if the BCCI issues its annual grant, how will the association get the money when it is not able to operate the account.
The State association officials have reportedly related several mails to the BCCI, but there has been no response from the apex governing body for cricket.