Kolkata: Alleging 'step motherly' attitude by the Indian cricket board, about 100 odd present and former cricketers under the banner of Bihar Players Association on Saturday demonstrated outside BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya's residence demanding full membership for the state.
Members of Bihar Players Association protest outside the residence of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Headed by Mritunjay Tiwary, BPA also threatened to "lock up" the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and sit on strike if they were not given any immediate assurance after Saturday's protest.
"For 14 years, there has been no cricket in Bihar after the full membership was gone. "There's no future for Bihar cricketers, thousands of talents are nipped in the bud for lack of exposure," Tiwary told PTI.
"If we do not find any solution, we will gather 1000 cricketers at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai and lock up the office," Tiwary said. Displaying placards of 'we want justice for Bihar cricketers' and 'Start cricket in Bihar', they encircled the 10 Alipore Road residence for about half an hour before police dispersed them.
Their only demand is to promote cricket in Bihar, which, they claimed, had stopped two years after they were given associate members recognition in 2008. BCCI president Dalmiya later met Tiwary in person in the afternoon and assured him that they would look into the matter.