SHILLONG, June 1 - Aimed at promoting cricket in North Eastern states, BCCI president Anurag Thakur today announced development of cricketing infrastructure in the region besides the possibility of the Board doubling its annual grants to affiliate and associate member States.
Thakur visited Nagaland capital Dimapur as well as Meghalaya capital Shillong.
The BCCI president, who took charge 10 days back, was on a whirlwind tour of the New Area Development Project (NADP) States and began with a trip to Dimapur yesterday igniting hopes of transforming the standard of cricket in the region.
The BCCI is trying to improve the facilities keeping in mind the Lodha Committee�s recommendations of giving equal importance to development of cricket in the region. Yesterday, he announced a similar infrastructure at Dimapur in Nagaland.
�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.
Acknowledging that cricket is an expensive game, Thakur urged affiliate and associate member States likes Meghalaya to keep promoting the game by holding camps and games in an organised way.
�In future, you will get lot of support from BCCI including infrastructure funding,� he said, adding that the BCCI is �creating a blueprint� for cricket in the North East.
Urging the member states to send the balance sheet to get the annual grants due to them, the BCCI President also hinted at doubling the annual grants.
Presently each affiliate and associate member state gets Rs 50 lakh each. � PTI
Our correspondent adds: The BCCI today informed that work to build an indoor cricket facility, together with a gymnasium, in the State capital would begin within three months.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who was here to oversee an Under-19 coaching camp conducted by BCCI�s National Cricket Academy, made the announcement. He also said stadiums would be built in all the North Eastern States soon.
�We would be laying the foundation of the indoor cricket facility in the next three months and the whole facility would be completed in the next 12 months,� he added.
The BCCI president said, efforts are on to popularise cricket in the North East and the board would see that training facilities along with coaches and other support staffs are at the disposal of various cricket boards in the region.