Cricket Association of Uttarakhand officials under interrogation after alleged corruption charges

Players have accused the Board officials of misbehavior during the matches and training sessions.

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Uttarakhand state police have taken swift action against the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) officials after an FIR was lodged by the father of a former U19 cricketer on charges of extortion and death threats. The police questioned the trio of Mahim Verma (secretary), Manish Jha (head coach), and Sanjay Gusain (spokesperson) in regards to the complaint.

Virendra Sethi, the father of the former U-19 player, filed a complaint at the Vasant Vihar Police station in Dehradun, alleging that his son was threatened for his life by the team manager Navneet Mishra and video analyst Piyush Raghuvanshi during last year’s Vijay Hazare tournament.

The Dehradun cops interrogated the alleged perpetrators and recorded their statements. The officials also mentioned that they might recall them if further statements will be required.

“For the past three days, we have called Mahim Verma, Manish Jha and Sanjay Gusain separately. We have interrogated them. We have taken their statements. If needed, it will be done again,” Janmejaya Khanduri, SSP Dehradun, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

CAU officials’ misdemeanors come into light after allegations from players

In the latest development, the CAU has had further allegations directed at them after players complained of non-payment of allowances. Robin Bisht, one of the players who represent Uttarakhand revealed an incident during the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Mumbai where the players were denied food by the team management and were told to order food online by the team manager. He also went on to say that the players won’t die if they don’t eat food for a day, in a baffling statement.

“We returned to the team hotel and, after our recovery session in the pool, went for lunch. The hotel staff said they were told not to serve us food. When we called the team manager, he replied: ‘Order something from Swiggy or Zomato or stay hungry. Ek din khana nahi khaoge toh mar nahi jaoge (If you don’t eat for a day, you won’t die)’,” said Bisht.

MLA Umesh Kumar has also questioned the financial doings of the Uttarakhand Board and has urged the BCCI to take a look at the matter as he suspects corruption amidst the CAU officials.