SRINAGAR: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokespersons in a three-member administrative panel established to oversee the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
In a statement, the BCCI said the appointments of Brigadier Anil Gupta and lawyer Sunil Sethi have come after a J&K High Court directive in April that asked the BCCI to run JKCA, whose previous administrators are under Government scanner for financial wrongdoings.
Former Delhi and J&K cricketer Mithun Manhas forms the third member of the committee.
According to reports, BCCI secretary Jay Shah personally called Brigadier Gupta and asked him to take up the role.
“I got a call from BCCI secretary Jay Shah… asking me to come on board. I’m happy to be part of it. My job is to clear misdeeds of the past. BCCI has appointed us as they wanted men of integrity and they thought we are the best,” Gupta told Indian Express.
Gupta further added that the 3-member panel will do its utmost to revive cricket in the Valley and that the committee plans to meet cricketers and coaches soon.
Advocate Sunil Sethi, who is also the chief spokesperson of BJP in J&K, told Times of India that the appointment of the BJP workers is professional and not political.
“The BCCI has appointed us based on our experience. I am a legal expert who has represented JKCA in courts, Gupta has administrative experience and Manhas has cricketing expertise,” Sethi told TOI.
Sethi asserted that sports activities have nothing to do with politics and that the selection of players will be based on merit.
The BCCI has also appointed Majid Dar, who has been tasked to look into the development of cricket in Srinagar and asked to report directly to the committee.
The BCCI said in a statement, that the newly formed committee shall at all times work under the supervision and the control of the BCCI top brass, consisting of president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal and vice-president Rajeev Shukla.
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