Statement from ECC

24 AUG | BY ELWORTH CRICKET CLUB

On July 11th Elworth Cricket Club were asked by the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Executive to provide evidence that Adnan Ghaus is eligible to play in the league for Elworth, and subsequently to also provide evidence regarding the eligibility of Rajiv Kumar and Yasir Ali. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Senior cricket manager have been dealing with this on behalf of the club. After one informal meeting with a delegation from the league and subsequent formal written representation from the club, the league (after consulting with the ECB) found that all 3 players should be registered as category 3 players (effectively overseas players). Our stance is that Yasir Ali is correctly registered as the overseas category 3 player for Elworth, and the fact that Adnan and Rajiv hold U.K. passports, have British citizenship and residence in the UK, leads us to contend that they should NOT be designated as overseas players, and are correctly registered as category 1. League rules stipulate that a club can only play 1 category 3 player, and the penalty for playing ineligible players in any league match is the loss of any points gained in the relevant matches. The purpose here is to inform members of the club and to advise that following a League Regulatory Board hearing on 23rd August at which we have made strong representation to refute the assertion that Adnan and Rajiv should be registered as overseas players the earlier ruling has been confirmed and the points penalty imposed. The Club has decided to appeal the decision and has notified the League Regulatory Board of this.

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