Guwahati: The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) dismissed allegations made against it regarding the promotion of cricket at the expense of football, and gaining control of the historic Nehru stadium here solely for the purpose of developing cricket.
Addressing the media at the ACA stadium in Barsapara on Thursday, ACA President Romen Dutta and ACA Secretary Devajit Saikia called the allegations groundless and groundless, as the ACA, they clarified, “have never tried the importance of football in Assam.” or tried to demote, but instead only worked on the development of the game.”
In support of the allegation, ACA officials informed that the association had recently designated 40 hectares of land in Tinsukia for the development of both cricket and football, in addition to taking other football-friendly measures, including recently donating an amount of Rs 50,000 to the Assam Football Referees’ Association.
With regard to the charge regarding possession of Nehru Stadium for promoting cricket at the expense of football, ACA office holders categorically stated that Nehru Stadium was owned by the Assam Board of Sports and that ACA is the domestic BCCI tournaments was only allowed there after the ground had been allocated to the association following a request to that effect to the board.
It was further said that the ACA had signed an agreement with the Board of Sports, Assam, to revive the glorious past of Nehru Stadium by developing four central wickets for cricket and two grounds for football at the expense of the former, and accordingly delivered what was promised.
At the request of the Board of Sports, the association also installed a sprinkler system on the football ground of Nehru Stadium for use as one of the training grounds for the FIFA Women’s Football under-17 tournament, originally scheduled for February. 2022, was notified.
In addition, in order to preserve the sanctity of Nehru Stadium and restrict unauthorized access to the newly developed football and cricket ground, Gate No. 1 and 2 of Nehru Stadium were also sealed by Assam Cricket Association with the approval of the board of directors of Sports, Assam.
Meanwhile, ACA Secretary Devajit Saikia has informed that the association has appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the match fixing and other allegations raised by the District Sports Association, Silchar, regarding a JK Barooah under-19 cricket tournament match between NF Railway and Jorhat in Golaghat on February 16 and 17, 2022 and thus came to a conclusion.
“The charge of match fixing was dismissed because Silchar had no complaint/objection of any kind until the last two overs of the match and the possibility of any kind of fixation in the last two overs has been ruled out,” he said.
“Furthermore, the captains of the Jorhat and NFR teams took two different and opposing stances regarding calling off the game after the eleventh mandatory, and as such the disagreement between the two teams was crystal clear,” said Saikia.
However, it was communicated that since the NFR team was found guilty of willfully underperforming in the last two overs for the most well known reasons, the NFR team (Under-19) was barred from participating in an ACA or ACA recognized tournament for the next three years.
“However, it was quite clear from the findings that the Jorhat team was in no way responsible for the said underperformance of the NFR (Under-19) team,” he said.
As the role of the coach and captain of the NFR (Under-19) team was inconsistent with the game and spirit of cricket, the NFR (Under-19) team manager/coach, Satyabrata Chakraborty, is serving a life sentence prohibited from participating in cricket activities under ACA.
NFR (Under-19) captain Ronit Akhter will not be allowed to conduct any cricketing activity under ACA for the next three years.
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