In its annual general meeting (AGM), the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) passed a resolution condemning the state government for targeting it for alleged political reasons.
HPCA president Anurag Thakur slammed state government attitude towards association and accused the Congress led government for acting in a vindictive manner. While talking to press, Anurag Thakur claimed that HPCA has done nothing wrong and when asked about the notice issued to the HPCA by the Registrar Cooperative Societies, he said that the HP High Court had directed the Registrar to decide if he had the jurisdiction to issue notice to a non-profitable company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act. The HPCA was now a non-profitable company and the Registrar Cooperative Societies had no jurisdiction over it, he added. About the case registered by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau against the HPCA, he said the sports body had not done anything illegal. Every move made by the HPCA was as per rules and regulations of the state, Thakur claimed.
In the AGM, HPCA has decided to honour state players Sushma Verma, Paras Dogra, Prashant Chopra and Ankush Bains for their contribution at a state-level function. It was also decided that the HPCA will support former players from the state who have performed at the national and international levels.
To promote cricket and ensure participation of more cricketing talent in the state, the HPCA has decided to open cricket academies in all districts. Anurag said presently the HPCA had three cricket academies in the state. For opening academies in all districts, the HPCA would adopt schools with open grounds.