SC directs BCCI to bring Bihar back to Ranji fold

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the BCCI (Cricket Control Council in India) to allow the state team of Bihar to compete in India’s main national competition, Ranji Trophy, and other national tournaments from the next season.

Bihar, by virtue of not being a full member of the BCCI, was not allowed by the Board to participate in state competitions since 2000. The SC said that Bihar is allowed to participate in the interest of cricket. But they were granted full membership after the Committee of Administrators (COA) appointed by the SC put the state on the list of its full members, in the new memorandum of association and the rules and regulations of the BCCI.

Last year, the BCCI changed the national calendar of youth and women’s cricket matches to accommodate teams from the Northeastern and Bihar states for the 2017-18 season.

Bihar had not been excluded from the domestic configuration since 2001, when then BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya disaffiliated the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) while granting full membership to Jharkhand, which was sculpted in Bihar.