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Chhattisgarh latest entrant in Ranji Trophy; to become 28th team from 2016-17 season

The BCCI today accorded full membership status to Chhattisgarh, making it the 28th affiliated unit of the board that will take part in the Ranji Trophy.

"The Members approved the recommendation of the affiliation committee of BCCI to grant full member status to Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh. They will be a part of the Central Zone for all the BCCI tournaments," BCCI stated in a release.

Chhattisgarh has been an associate member for a long time now and with a state of-the art stadium in Raipur, are ready to enter the big league. The meeting was attended by Chhattisgarh Cricket Sangh (CCS) president Baldev Singh Bhatia.

However, in another interesting move Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), one of the warring factions in the state, was allowed to participate in the working committee meeting.

Its secretary Mrityunjay Tiwary attended the meeting. Interestingly, another unsanctioned Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), whose secretary Aditya Verma became the face of the IPL spot-fixing petition and anti N Srinivasan movement, was given a cold shoulder by the BCCI bigwigs.

In fact, Verma was not even invited for the meeting, while the rival faction now seems favourite to get associate membership status.

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