BCCI to spread cricket to nooks and corners

Published: Thursday, June 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In a bid to spread cricket to the nooks and corners of the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to hold tournaments in February-March next year for the Under-17 and Under-19 age group boys from states and union territories where it did not have affiliate units.

Disclosing this after a meeting of the Board's new areas development programme (NADP)committee, BCCI joint secretary Goutam Dasgupta said that a coaching programme has also to be chalked out spread over the next six to eight months for these zones.

Dasgupta said coaches who have completed level 1 and level 2 certificate courses at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) would be sent to these areas. The committee also decided to depute its members to these states and union territories to gain first hand knowledge about the infrastructure including stadia, practice facilities and pitches.

"If necessary, equipment would be sent to these areas as per their specific needs. We may also help them in preparing pitches," said a BCCI source.

"Basically, we want to give them whatever they need to start the game. These areas have been neglected in the past," said NCA chairman Brijesh Patel.

"But I think if we can develop the game there, we will get quality cricketers in due course. For instance, guys in the north east, are known for their fitness and good athleticism," he added.

The Board formed its NADP committee in 2003 to develop the game in the north-eastern states, as also the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Pondicherry, Daman and Diu, Chandigarh and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

"If everything goes according to plan, we will hold the tournaments in February-March next year," he said.

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