Bihar Cricket Association President accused of interfering in selection and sexual harassment

Bihar Cricket Association President accused of interfering in selection and sexual harassment

The President of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), Rakesh Tiwary has come under the scanner.

Ball and Bat
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Bihar cricket doesn’t seem to be settled at the moment. In the 2022 Ranji Trophy season, the Bihar side could not post even a single victory. There is also a lot of confusion around Bihar cricket at present as a total of 62 cricketers featured for the team in various cricketing tournaments this year alone.

Apart from that, a selector as well as three cricket coaches have been sacked. And, the President of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) Rakesh Tiwary has come under the scanner, too. Tiwary is accused of interfering in the selection matters of Bihar cricket and has even been accused of sexual harassment, according to The Indian Express. An FIR was also filed against him at the Parliament Street police station by an owner of a player management firm.

Tarun Kumar, who is a former player and coach of Bihar, clearly stated that there was pressure to include the sons of bureaucrats and politicians into the cricket team, but he did not agree to it. Adding that he was sacked because of this, Kumar stated that some cricketers who played the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament representing Bihar are not even capable of featuring in club cricket.

“There would be frequent requests to accommodate relatives of bureaucrats, politicians, businessmen. Such requests would regularly be from Tiwary. As I didn’t agree, I was sacked. Some of the players for the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy were not even fit for club cricket,” said Kumar as quoted by The Indian Express.

BCA President denies allegations

However, Rakesh Tiwary has denied that sons of influential people found a place in the Bihar side. Tiwary said that these players will not find a place in the Bihar playing XI simply because of the fact that their fathers were powerful. Tiwary concluded by stating that one of the coaches was sacked because they incited the players in a tussle.

“We won’t play sons of bureaucrats and other such influential people just because their fathers are at an advantageous position. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, of the two coaches sent… there was a tussle between some of the players and we found that a coach was involved in incitement,” concluded Tiwary.