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Indian domestic cricket: ‘Rule change meant only for two’

The change in domestic tournament eligibility rules which kicked in mid-season and aimed at bringing the wards of government servants under the ‘local player’ rule has been dubbed “unauthorised, unconstitutional and unprecedented in cricket history and that it has no sanction from the technical committee, tournament committee, apex council or the general body” by the BCCI’s acting-secretary, Amitabh Choudhary.

As none of the BCCI office-bearers were kept in the loop by the board’s professional managers about the change in the eligibility rules, Choudhary has asked the BCCI’s GM, Operations (domestic cricket) Saba Karim who the author of the unauthorised, unprecedented, mid-season change of rule was.

In mid-October, Karim informed the BCCI members that the “CoA has relaxed the eligibility rules for wards of government employees to enable them to be considered as a local player.”

It’s very clear that Choudhary wants to know if it was the CoA head (Vinod Rai) who was the author of the rule change. Diana Edulji is the other CoA member.

Choudhary, in his note to Karim, says: “It has absolutely no merit in singling out government servants for any benefits because service conditions with regard to transfers remain the same for all categories of employees anywhere. Besides, all citizens are free to choose their employer/place of employment.

“It is absurd even to suggest that the Ranji Trophy players are not professional players, and therefore, cannot obviously be considered dependent wards.’’

Alleging that the change was meant to benefit only two players, reportedly from Tripura and Jharkhand, Choudhary states: “The litmus test proving the spurious nature of the rule is best borne out by the tiny number of beneficiaries.

“As a convention/principle, any rule or change of rule, particularly one carried out with such urgency, must be accompanied by general good and not designed to benefit just two in a massive set of over 1100 players.”

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