BCCI to Control State Associations' Foreign Cricket Engagements

BCCI to Control State Associations’ Foreign Cricket Engagements

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is implementing a new policy that will require state cricket associations to route all proposals for training camps and competitions with foreign boards through the parent body. This decision will be finalized at the BCCI’s Apex Council meeting on March 18.

The move comes after several state units, including Delhi and Puducherry, held discussions with foreign boards, primarily associate nations, to host them on exposure trips. The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) has reportedly received a proposal from the Nepal Cricket Association.

“State units can certainly partner with foreign boards for cricket-related activities, but those agreements must be facilitated by the BCCI as it is the parent body. All proposals must go through the BCCI,” said a BCCI source.

The upcoming Apex Council meeting will include a discussion on “state cricket associations collaborating with foreign boards for organizing cricket.” The BCCI will then take matters into its own hands.

Nepal is expected to visit India for an exposure trip ahead of the T20 World Cup in the USA and Caribbean in June. Officials from the Cricket Association of Nepal met with BCCI secretary Jay Shah last month.

The BCCI has a history of assisting associate nations. Afghanistan used India as its home base for an extended period before the COVID-19 pandemic, utilizing facilities in Dehradun and Greater Noida for training and competition.

The new policy aims to streamline the process of organizing international cricket events and ensure that all such activities are conducted in accordance with BCCI regulations. It will also provide the BCCI with greater oversight and control over the activities of state cricket associations.