New Delhi: Cricketers from 30 BCCI recognized teams play competitive cricket at the highest level and from them one champion emerges. But some don't even get the chance to compete. In cricket mad India the BCCI has 30 full members. But a few are ignored. States like Uttarakhand and Bihar, not to mention a number of Union Territories are not even recognized by the BCCI. Sports Activist and Lawyer Rahul Mehra states that the "North east is completely neglected and so the BCCI needs to get the them under their fold so that it can be a vehicle of change for them".
Bihar hasn't been a member of the BCCI ever since the creation of Jharkhand in 2001. Lalu Prasad Yadav and Kirti Azad both formed their own cricket associations but their bitter battle has ensured neither has been recognized by the Indian board. Currently there are 4 different cricket associations jostling for power in Bihar. In 2008, the BCCI lent support to Bihar cricket by granting Rs 50 lakh for the development of the game in the state but the Lalu Prasad Yadav led Bihar Cricket Association failed to give an account of where that money was spent. No wonder the BCCI has only visited the state once for an inspection tour in the last decade.
In 2002, Uttarakhand was created by dividing Uttar Pradesh. It's been 10 years and the BCCI has not given it recognition. Kirti Azad asks 'When Punjab got bifurcated, Haryana and Himachal got full membership when Bengal got bifurcated Assam, Orissa and Bihar got full membership. So what is the problem now?'