SCA ‘special cover’ to commemorate first cricket match played in Sikkim… in 1938!

Gangtok, 23 May:

Sikkim Cricket Association is set to release a ‘Special Cover’ on 25 May at Head Post Office in Gangtok to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first cricket match played in Sikkim in 1938.

The ‘Special Cover’ has been approved by the Department of Post, Government of India and its launch aims to commemorate the historic event and make the World Cricket followers and the people of Sikkim learn that cricket in Sikkim is of substantial antiquity and holds a significant importance in the evolution of modern day cricket, a press release informs.

Proceeds from the sale of the ‘Special Cover’ will be used for the growth of cricket in Sikkim, reads the release.

The historic match played in 1938 was also the first cricket match to be played at an altitude of 2,728 meters and the first cricket match played by the natives of Sikkim captained by Karma Paul of Sikkim.

Additionally, the cover is also the first cover on cricket or any other individual sports from Sikkim and is the first cover released on the request of an entity other than the Department of Post.

SCA president, Lobzang G. Tenzing decided to commemorate the day after meeting Singtam based cricket philatelist Roshan Prasad who pitched the idea to him.

Mr Prasad is also the designer of the ‘Special Cover’ to be launched this week.

According to the books, Himalayan Honeymoon by Hodder and Stoughton and Footprints in the Himalaya by Sonam B. Wangyal, the cricket match was played during the British Everest expedition of 1938 led by Eric Shipton and the Sherpas.

During their brief stop at Lachen in North Sikkim, the mountaineers decided to have a game of cricket with the Sherpas which was the first time that a cricket match was played in Sikkim.