Sanjeev Sharma impressed with Sikkim cricket team as he takes charge as coach


Gangtok, 27 Sept:

Sikkim cricket team coach, Sanjeev Sharma, a former India International, in a statement issued today, has thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for appointing him as coach of Sikkim team and stated that although he was initially daunted by the task, he is now excited by the prospect of working with an impressive pool of talent and have the backing of a dedicated staff.

“The day I received the mail about my new assignment as a coach, I felt it will not be an easy task, as it was for the very first time Sikkim will be playing first-class and list-A tournaments of BCCI. Later, I came to know that no professional players will be hired in the team as the state association has decided to play only with local players,” he said.

However, once he joined the team at KIITS, Bhubaneswar, where Sikkim had a week’s Preparatory Camp, he was impressed by the overall performance of individuals, he added.

“We had very limited time for the camp and also we lacked practice matches but all the support staffs and the team worked hard on skills, meetings and counseling every day during the camp. I would also like to thank Sikkim Cricket Association on giving me the full charge to select the final team for Vijay Hazare Trophy and having faith in me for selection,” he has conveyed on record.

The Sikkim coach has gone on to point out that there are “hard games” ahead but the main focus will be on playing the full overs.

“Though all the teams include professional players, I have made it sure that it won’t affect my team’s mentality and performance on the field and so far the team has dealt with it positively. We crossed 200 runs in two matches while chasing and have played 50 overs in full. We have a good side altogether. The captain Nilesh is playing well and has a very good game temperament, the 99 runs first wicket partnership with Faizan against Arunachal was an excellent performance by both the players, Ashish being the most promising player, all-rounder’s like Plazor and Lee Yong are consistently performing good, the bowlers are equally doing well and the seniors in the team is proving themselves an asset with Amos Rai bowling full spell in every match and being effective on the opponents,” he has further communicated to Sikkim team fans.

A day after the Sikkim’s match with Arunachal Pradesh, there was a managers meeting with the BCCI officials in Anand, Gujarat where Saba Karim, General Manager, Cricket Operations in India appreciated the initiative taken by Sikkim Cricket Association of playing with only local players and the house also gave a standing ovation on teams performance against Arunachal, it is further informed.