Ranji ruckus: Internal feud in Bihar Cricket Association leads to two teams arriving to play Mumbai

Two teams arrived at Patna's Moin-ul-Haq Stadium claiming to represent Bihar

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The Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) faced a bizarre situation on Saturday as the Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai unfolded amidst confusion and a power struggle. Two teams arrived at Patna's Moin-ul-Haq Stadium claiming to represent Bihar, which led to a scramble before the designated 'official' team finally took the field.

Bihar's cricket chaos

The drama began with Amit Kumar, who is a suspended former secretary of the BCA, coming up with his own squad for the game against Mumbai. This rival team created a scene near the venue, reportedly even involving an attack on an official, according to ESPNcricinfo. However, the Bihar Cricket Association's squad which had been designated as the 'official' team took the field against Mumbai.

Despite the off-field turmoil, Bihar's cricketers put on a commendable performance as Bihar bundled out the visitors on 251 in the first innings on the opening day. Speedster Veer Pratap Singh scalped 5 wicket haul. 

The spotlight was especially bright on 12-year-old Vaibhav Suryavanshi, who became the youngest Indian first-class debutant since 1986.

Why did it happen?

According to reports, Amit's relationship with BCA president Rakesh Tiwary soured in 2022 due to alleged factionalism within the association. Amit's suspension and subsequent exclusion from the BCA left some simmering bitterness, leading to his attempt to disrupt the Ranji Trophy opener.

The news agency ANI, quoted District representative of BCA, Om Prakash Jaiswal, "BCCI gave permission to play Bihar's original team. This incident happened, it was outside the stadium. A fake team was formed by the previous secretary Amit Kumar. And they tried to create a problem but our security stopped everything. And the original team of Bihar is playing the match with Mumbai."

The confusion has been cleared with the help of local authority and the legitimate Bihar team is competing the 'Big Bull' and scored 89/6 in 37 Overs.