Alleging the Manipur Cricket Association (MNCA) of 'Nepotism and Discrimination' towards a tribal cricketer, the All Manipur Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) has cautioned to roll up its sleeves to prevail justice.
ATSUM's Assistant Legal Secretary, Th Vipuni Ruhmai, stated that a grave injustice marked by discrimination and prejudice has been done in the selection of players for Under-25 State Cricket Team.
He alleged that Alfred Hmangaisang Hmar of REYS Nagamapal, the only tribal cricket player in the state cricket scene, whom the tribal people of the state could take pride of, has surreptitiously been excluded from the state cricket team.
He stated that the ATSUM takes strong exception to the exclusion of this upcoming cricketer from the state team as he strongly deserves to represent the state.
Alfred Hmangaisang Hmar is overall ranked 3rd (bowler) in the recently concluded Elite (1st Division) Domestic Cricket League organized by MNCA (Manipur Cricket Association) and 1st (bowler) amongst the Under -25 bowlers as per CRIC HEROES. In spite of his outstanding performance, he has been excluded from the selection list of the Under-25 state team for the second time whereas a bowler ranked as low as 39th in the domestic tournament has been found selected, he alleged.
Earlier, a letter of complaint was submitted by his concerned club seeking an explanation when he was dropped from the state team for Under-25 One day BCCI tournament. It is learned that an understanding between the two sides (MNCA and the Club concerned) was arrived at with the former assuring the club that the matter will be looked after so as to prevent any unwanted situation in the future.
However, the same thing happened again for the second time when such a young and promising cricketer is being dropped from the state team for the upcoming BCCI Tournament, he further alleged.
ATSUM is deeply concerned by the discriminatory and arbitrary process being pursued by selectors of MNCA, he added.
He also stated that the purpose of the state cricket association, which is supposed to promote sports in the state, will come to naught if it is marred in corruption and nepotism.
The ATSUM Assistant Legal Secretary stated that there is a strong feeling that Alfred Hmangaisang Hmar was dropped in the selection process as he represents a tribal community, otherwise, there is no reason why such a superb bowler who ranked 1st amongst the state bowlers could be dropped and substituted by a player who ranked 39th.
He also pointed out that ATSUM has written to the MNCA to look into such an arbitrary process of selection and requested the association to enable the well-deserving Alfred Hmangaisang Hmar to join the state team in the BCCI Tournament.
He further stated that MNCA should get its act together otherwise it will lose the confidence of the people of the state while adding that the Union may be constrained to take up stronger measures so that justice prevails.