The resignation of Shashank Manohar as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not just put the board members in a tizzy, but has also left associations running cricket for physically challenged disappointed. They were eyeing recognition from the Indian cricket board.

Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar
Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar

Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, who is president of the All India Cricket Association of the Physically Challenged (AICAPC), was in advance talks with Manohar in getting the BCCI’s nod for disability cricket.

‘Have to start all over again’
“We were hoping for a positive outcome from the BCCI after having good meetings in the past few months. We will have to initiate the talks and process all over again with the new president now,” Wadekar told mid-day.

Ravi Chauhan, Secretary of the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI), was disappointed with Manohar’s decision. “We are back to square one now. There seems to be no end to our hardship. We were optimistic with Manohar at the helm,” said Chauhan.

The various associations running cricket for the physically challenged in India had recently sorted out their differences and came under one umbrella to get BCCI’s recognition.

Wadekar is hoping the new BCCI president will consult Manohar with regards to what has transpired.