SCA passes resolution forbidding ‘outside players’ from State team

Gangtok, 26 May:

Sikkim Cricket Association in a press release issued today has said that it has unanimously passed a resolution to forbid‘outside players’ from representing the State in any of its national games.

SCA president, Lobsang G Tenzing in a mail addressed to Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] officials stressed that the decision is made to protect the ‘local interest and build up local talents.’

Technically, the BCCI has a rule to let three outside players play in the State team.

Mr Tenzing has also written to the Chairperson, Technical Committee of BCCI, SouravGanguly to scrap the rule of allowing three guest players in all State bodies, the release informs.

The release further informs that BCCI hails the decision of the SCA to not allow any guest players from outsidein its State team.

In a reply to the mail, Professor RatnakarShettyof BCCI has expressed his happiness on the stand taken by Sikkim Cricket Association. He has stressed that all Northeast states should harness the ability of local talents rather than depend on borrowed talents and BCCI shall help all the states including Sikkim to develop cricketing facilities at the grass root level, the release further informs.

It is worth mentioning here that NADP (New Area Development Program) was launched by BCCI to help the development of cricket in these areas.

It is to let the local cricketers and the cricket lovers of Sikkim know that BCCI has committed to develop aworld standard cricket ground in Mining Cricket ground with seven pitches and an indoor stadium at its own expense at an estimated cost of around Rs2.50crore.

Sikkim Cricket Association has been communicating with the State Government for renewal of the lease of the ground which the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has abruptly terminated before the expiry of the agreement, the SCA release informs.