Kohima : Newly elected BCCI president Anurag Thakur said if all goes well, Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) would soon become a full-fledged member of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a felicitation programme at Dimapur.
The BCCI president, who was on his maiden visit to Dimapur after being elected as president on May 22, assured all possible help to NCA and north eastern states for the development and promotion of cricket in the region. Thakur, who was briefed on the problems faced by the association, also promised that BCCI would work to achieve the expectations of NCA. He assured that BCCI would provide all support in turning cricket academy at Sovima into a NE centre of cricket excellence. He also promised to provide a full-fledged indoor cricket academy within a year time. Thakur also said that cricket equipment of international standards would be provided to Nagaland Cricket Academy.
While maintaining that he believed in transparency and accountability, the BCCI president assured to release pending bills within 15 days to NCA once the BCCI received the audit accounts. To tap the potentials of north east cricketers, BCCI president also said that BCCI would take initiative and create at least one ground each in every state in the region. To this, he said BCCI would help NCA in constructing one more ground, most likely, in Kohima. With BCCI affiliate and associate tournament to be held before July 31, Mr Thakur said that national selectors would pick a 15-member affiliate/associate team to participate in the National U-16 and U-19 tournaments.
To the upcoming young cricketers, he advised them not to depend only on coaching camps. It is the individual efforts that will make a difference," he said. The BCCI president is also scheduled to visit Shillong on Wednesday and Guwahati on Thursday. Earlier, Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio expressed hope that BCCI would sincerely look into the development of the stadium and provide basic facilities for the promotion of the game. While highlighting the plight of the cricketers in the state, Rio said the state have lot of youths, who have high potential but could not be developed due to lack of infrastructure and funds to conduct tournaments. He also informed the BCCI president that the association, after receiving Rs 50 Lakh in 2009, had not received any funds from neither the cricket board nor the State Government. While welcoming the Lodha Committee recommendations, Mr Rio, who is also the president of NCA, expressed hope that the state would not be deprived of any developments recommended by Lodha Committee. The BCCI president was accompanied by Mr Abhishek Dalmiya, son of Jagmohan Dalmiya, former BCCI President, and three other officials of the BCCI.