Services banned from Ranji Trophy
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Event:Ranji Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 4th November 2009


Services were banned from this year's Ranji Trophy cricket season for skipping a match against Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar citing security reasons, a decision which came soon after the state body's angry outburst against the last-minute pullout.


Services forfeited the Plate Division match at the Sher-E-Kashmir stadium, hosting a Ranji game after a gap of five years, leaving the J&K Cricket Association chief Farooq Abdullah livid.


Aware of the sensitivity of the matter, the BCCI promptly disqualified Services from this year's Ranji Trophy and said further action would be decided at its next working committee meeting.


"The Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) cricket team was scheduled to play a Ranji Trophy game against Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) at Srinagar from November 3 to November 6 2009.


"However, the SSCB forfeited the match, having expressed its inability to send its cricket team to Srinagar. The SSCB has therefore been disqualified from participating in the 2009-10 edition of the Ranji Trophy, in accordance with the rules of the BCCI pertaining to Domestic Tournaments," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.


"A decision on any further action against the SSCB will be taken by the BCCI's Working Committee," the BCCI statement read.


Jammu and Kashmir players, officials and Abdullah were at the ground for the match but the Services team was nowhere to be seen. The forfeiture gave J&K four points and they will now take on Haryana at the same venue from November 10 to 13.


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