GUWAHATI, Oct 25 – Ghisa Lal Agarwal, chairman of city based-GLP Social Circle, has filed a PIL in Gauhati High Court today against Government of India, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Assam Cricket Association (ACA) for not including Guwahati in the list of new teams of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
Addressing a press conference here today, Agarwal said BCCI had invited tenders for new teams from cities like Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Indore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kochi, Nagpur, Noida, Rajkot, Ranchi and Vizag ignoring Guwahati and other north-eastern cities. Agarwal claimed that being the premier city of the entire north-eastern region and host of several One-Day International matches, Guwahati should have been considered as an IPL venue and a team from this city should be included in the IPL from 2013.
In support of his PIL he said, “If Guwahti is included as an IPL venue new players will emerge from this region and cricket infrastructure will get a boost.
But when asked whether he consulted the ACA before filing the PIL, Agarwal said “This is their first step and they will consult the matter with ACA soon. On the other hand, ACA is the authority to which BCCI will allot IPL matches. At present, ACA or the State does not have the necessary infrastructure where IPL matches could be staged.
When contacted, ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said as the subject is sub-judice there is no point discussing the matter with Agarwal and his organisation. Baruah said at present, ACA does have a proper stadium with all the facilities to hold an IPL match and when the Barsapara Stadium is completed they will definitely urge BCCI to allot IPL matches here.