Finally, the time has come when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the supreme body of cricket in the sports dominated county has realised a must-have thing.
BCCI has established a ‘task force’ to develop cricket, particularly in the war-torn states. The world’s richest board has discerned that all the states in the North-East need to be prepared — to play domestic and in the premier first-class tournament; Ranji Trophy, this season.
“We’d a meeting on the North-East states issue. It’s one thing to tell them that you’ll play all the tournaments. You’ve to also find out what are the resources available there in terms of infrastructure. They’ve just one ground – how do will five-six age group teams practice or hold selection trials on the same ground? That support the BCCI has to give them,” a Board official told TOI.
Revelations of board’s official:
A Board official on Sunday (July 15) revealed the members of the specially appointed ‘task force’ beside the other details and the functions of it in nutshell.
“The BCCI has thus formed a task force to develop cricket in the North East. It includes BCCI GM cricket operations, Saba Karim, former Board game development manager Ratnakar Shetty, AGM (Cricket Operations) KVP Rao, Ashish Bhowmik, who’s the northeast (chief) curator and former Bengal player Saradindu Mukherjee,” he revealed.
One team from Bihar, N-E group will play in Ranji QF:
BCCI tried its best to provide a healthy incentive to these North-East states which include the teams who are having their maiden season this year.
The Board has provided a special opportunity to one team amongst the North-Eastern sides and Bihar, to play in the Ranji quarterfinals in the upcoming season.
Formation of the teams:
The total number of sides in the domestic tournament will be 37 this time around.
Interestingly, BCCI created a new column of ‘Palate group’ which will fill bottom nine teams including Bihar and the North-Eastern States, playing in the Ranji Trophy for the first time.
The top teams will get the entry in the elite group C next year besides getting qualification for the quarterfinals.