Plea for separate Ranji Trophy for rural players
The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court issued a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seeking its reply to a PIL which demanded a separate Ranji trophy tournament for players from rural parts of the country.
The petition was filed by the secretary of All Maharashtra State Leather Cricket Association, Luvkumar Jadhav. It came up for hearing before the bench comprising justice S B Deshmukh and Justice A P Bhangle recently.
“If the BCCI can allow Mumbai city team, Rajkot railway team, Hyderabad city team, why shouldn’t players from rural parts be given a chance to play their own separate Ranji trophy?” Jadhav asked in the petition.
He claimed since BCCI did not respond to his request despite sending about 20 letters, he decided to file a petition in this connection.
Based on the petition, the court issued notice to BCCI, seeking its reply why there separate tournament should not be allowed for rural players.
Jadhav said his association had been organising cricket tournaments at tehsil and district level since the last nine years.