The Board of Control for Cricket in India has shown the red flag to another privately-owned cricket league. The BCCI has warned all its affiliated units against allowing their players to participate in the Sudama Premier League, which has not been sanctioned by the BCCI.
The BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary has written to all the board affiliated to disassociate from the “unauthorised Sudama Premier League”. The League is being organized by an NGO named Prasar (People’s Right and Social Research Centre).
“We wish to bring to your notice that BCCI has not given any permission to the league by the name ‘Sudama Premier League’. You are requested to bring to the notice of all registered players, match officials, scorers and video analysts,” the letter read, national news agency PTI has reported.
Former India captain Kapil Dev and Delhi’s cricket association senior selection committee chairman Atul Wassan were present at the launch of the league. Former India speedster Sanjeev Sharma and ex-international umpire K Hariharan are also associated with the event.
Feroz Shah Kotla ground was booked for the league. Following the BCCI dictate, the Delhi and District Cricket Association will not allow the league games at the Kotla. The BCCI has in the past had banned the Greater Noida stadium for hosting the “unauthorised” Noida Premier League T20 games.
The BCCI had also recently sanctioned its registered players from competing in the private ventures like Indian Junior Premier League (IJPL) and Rajwada Premier League.
Meanwhile, Wassan has disassociated himself from the league. “I didn’t know about the BCCI circular. I was just trying to help the organisers. But if BCCI has sanctioned the tournament, I will definitely not be part of the proceedings,” Wassan has said.