Anurag Thakur mentioned they will combine the team from North East Region © Getty Images
Anurag Thakur mentioned they will combine the team from North East Region © Getty Images

Some good news for North-East region, they will finally receive cricket with initiative by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), probably Lodha recommendations sailing through these initiatives. As per the discussions held in a meeting at the National Cricket Academy in the capital, the region will soon receive an academy under the aegis of NCA either at Shillong or Dimarpur likely by next month. The launch of this academy will be preceded by selection trials in North-East, followed by a camp, for which the coaches will be provided by the NCA. The board is also trying to rope in combined team from various cities from the region to participate in junior-level competitions in coming seasons. ALSO READ: Supreme Court to BCCI: Be objective, transparent, fair & reasonable

While speaking to Times of India, a source from NCA said, “We plan to hold the selection trials in the first week of May, and start the camp soon after. Our curator Ashish Bhow mik (member of the BCCI pitches and grounds committee) is in Shillong today (Thursday) to see its preparedness in holding the camp. He’ll be visiting Dimapur on Friday to assess the situation there. After he submits his report on April 30, either of these places could hold the camp next month.”

The initiative was taken by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur who has visited the region around five –six times to access the budding cricketers in this region. As not many cricketers were found, BCCI decided to first start with base camps for budding cricketers from this region. While confirming on this move Thakur further added, “Since I’ve been the BCCI secretary , I have visited the North East and checked the ground reality, and for the past six-seven months, we’ve been discussing various strategies that can work best in the region keeping in mind the pool of talent and the logistics available there. It’s been an ongoing discussion. At the recently-held meeting in New Delhi, members of the NCA committee looked at all the options and decided to go ahead with this idea of looking into launching a full-time academy under the aegis of NCA.” ALSO READ: BCCI to start its own commentary school

If asked this was a coincidence with Lodha recommendations, Thakur begged to differ with this view, “In cricket, all the camps or activities start around this time of the year. Combining this with the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations is a mere coincidence. Everything would be done in a proper, structured manner with short term and long term plans. To start with, we’ll conduct trials in various centres to cover the talent in the entire region and get the best of the lot to the camp. Based on the response of this camp, we intend to start a full-time North-East Academy.”

To mention on the new steps for North-East region, Thakur said, “We’re planning to make a combined North-East team and make them play Under-19 and Under-16 nationals this year. I’ll personally request our cricketing greats to visit the camp and academy in N-E to inspire the cricketers from the region. Talented players will be provided exposure in some of our established academies in the bigger centres.”