Harbhajan Singh addresses illegal activities by Punjab Cricket Association in an open letter

"For the last week or 10 days, I have been receiving numerous complaints from cricket lovers in Punjab," Harbhajan said.

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Published - Oct 07, 2022, 21:02 IST | Updated - Oct 07, 2022, 21:02 IST

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The former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has addressed the alleged illegal activities at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) in an open letter to the state body on Friday. He revealed that he has been receiving a lot of complaints from the concerned members of the PCA regarding the induction of new members with voting rights.

Harbhajan as chief advisor to PCA, has written a strong-worded letter to all the stakeholders, alleging illegal activities by the current president. These illegal activities are used to add new members to the association to influence the votes. He has also urged everyone to unite and stop these activities to preserve the integrity of the state body.

"For the last week or 10 days, I have been receiving numerous complaints from cricket lovers in Punjab and several stakeholders that the PCA under the present president is resorting to a lot of illegal activities, which is against transparency and the spirit of cricket administration. I learned that yesterday, complaints in this regard have been lodged with the Ombudsman," Harbhajan wrote in the letter.

They are not organizing formal meetings of the PCA: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singhalso added that the PCA is trying to induct around 150 members with voting rights and he hasn't been consulted regarding that. He also said that PCA are not organizing any meetings regarding the induction of the new members, which is helping them to hide their illegal activities.

"The crux of the matter is PCA is trying hard to induct around 150 members with voting rights to tilt the balance in their favor and these inductions are being done without the assent of the apex council/General Body. Harbhajan said he was also not consulted regarding the same, adding that these activities are also against the BCCI constitution, guidelines of the PCA, and violation of transparency and ethical norms in the administration of sports bodies. To hide their illegal activities, they are not organizing formal meetings of the PCA, and are taking all the decisions suo moto which serve their selfish motives," Harbhajan added.

Harbhajan, 42, announced his retirement from all formats of the game in 2021 and captained Manipal Tigers in the recently concluded Legends League Cricket 2022 tournament.