Cricket, which is considered as a religion in the entire country, has also refused to accept the cricket as a game by the Punjab Public Service Commission. The PPSC contends that sports quota in Group A and B jobs cannot be given to cricketers because cricket is not recognized by the Indian Olympic Association as a sport.
Filing the petition, Jaswinder Singh told the Punjab-Haryana High Court that the Punjab Public Service Commission had sought applications for 75 posts through the 2020 Joint Competitive Examination. Petitioner said that he is a cricketer and he has also been issued a certificate by the BCCI. In such a situation he applied for two sports quota posts and participated in the examination. When PPSC declared the result, its result was declared under General category. Whereas he should have declared the result by keeping it in the game quota.
This decision of PPSC has been challenged by the Petitioner in the High Court. Responding to the petition, the PPSC said that cricketers cannot be placed in the sports quota under the Punjab Recruitment of Sportsman Rules 2020. The PPSC argued that the government provides jobs to the best sportspersons under the sports quota and according to its condition, the sports should be organized by the National Sports Federation recognized or related to the Indian Olympic Association. Cricket in India is controlled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and this board is not recognized by the Indian Olympic Association. In such a case, the name of the petitioner cannot be considered under the sports quota.