SHILLONG: On a whirlwind tour of the north east, BCCI president Anurag Thakur today announced construction of an indoor cricket facility in Meghalaya to help boost the game in a football-dominated state.
The BCCI president has also hinted at the likelihood of the board doubling its annual grants of Rs 50 lakh to affiliate and associate member states which include Meghalaya.
“As BCCI president, I am making this announcement that within next couple of months we will start the indoor facility here,” Thakur said while addressing the 25 players drawn from New Area Development Project (NADP) states who are undergoing training here.
Yesterday, the BCCI president has made a similar announcement at Dimapur in Nagaland.
The BCCI president, who took charge two weeks ago of the cash rich sports body, is on a whirlwind tour of the NADP states began with a trip to Dimapur yesterday igniting hopes of transforming the standard of cricket in the region.
“I can understand the problem you faced as I come from a hilly state. Because of heavy rainfall, I know it is difficult to practice in this area,” he said, adding that proper infrastructure will be made available at the expense of the board.
“In the future you will get lot of support from BCCI including infrastructure funding,” he said.
While the BCCI is withholding the annual grant due to Meghalaya for the past three to four years, Thakur urged member states to send the balance sheet to get the annual grants due to them released.
According to Thakur, all states under BCCI’s NADP should also have grounds to host international matches, inter district and inter club matches and an indoor practice area.
The BCCI president also announced that a tournament will be organised within July 31 where associate and affiliate members will get opportunity to play in junior tournament from where national selectors will pick 15 players who will then participate in national championships.
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