MCA denies signing MoU with Company linked to alleged match fixer


SHILLONG, Sep 20: The Meghalaya Cricket Association (MCA) on Thursday made it clear that it was committed to organise the Meghalaya Premiere League (MPL) but with the appoval of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“We are serious (about MPL) but the question is with whom and when,” MCA secretary, Naba Bhattacharjee said.

According to Bhattacharjee the MCA aims to popularise cricket in Meghalaya through this MPL.

He also said that the MCA wants to popularise cricket among the indigenous people of the state even as he lamented that not many of them are taking up the sport.

It may be mentioned that there were reports that BCCI officials were alerted to the possibility of Aushim Khetarpal being involved in organising the T20 League in Meghalaya.

A national daily had reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between MCA and Khetarpal-promoted Orient Tradelink, an event management company.

Khetarpal is the man former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming and England all-rounder Chris Lewis claimed offered £30,000 to fix a Test match in 1999.

However, the MCA clarifying on the matter stated that the association studied the proposal of Orient Tradelink and found out that it was not upto the mark.

The MCA secretary also claimed that the draft MoU was sent to the Attorney General of the state and was vetted by the government but it was never signed.


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