CM puts Sikkim’s cricketing aspirations in perspective – if local footballer can captain India, so c

Sagar Chhetri

Gangtok, 22 Nov:

Cricket is Sikkim is evolving fast from being just a spectator sport here to an actual sporting pursuit, and this direction received a further boost from Chief Minister PS Tamang today when he attended the Khangchendzonga Shield finals as the chief guest. Interestingly, Mr Tamang has an old association with cricket in Sikkim, having served as president of Sikkim Cricket Association for four years – 2005-09 – a tenure during which professional coaching was first arranged for aspiring cricketers in the State.

The CM put things in perspective for cricket administrators today when he highlighted that with the right support and coaching, Sikkim’s cricketers can excel at national and international level in the very near future.

“If a footballer from Sikkim can lead the national football team as captain, then there is no reason why Sikkim cannot produce players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to lead the national cricket team in the near future as well,” he stressed.

He assured to provide all possible support to SICA for the development of cricket in the State.

As for the players themselves, he urged them to work with dedication and consistency and fully utilize the facilities and opportunities created for cricket in Sikkim.

What had brought the CM back among cricketers was the final of the ‘Khangchendzonga Shield 2020’ played between Alpine Sporting Club and Black Eagle [Sikkim Armed Police], a match-up which Alpine SC won convincingly by 125 runs.

Alpine SC won the toss and opted to bat first and scored 200 runs for five wickets in the allotted 30 overs.

Chasing the target, Black Eagles were bundled out for 75 runs in 23 overs, losing the match by 125 runs.

The winning team received a cash prize of Rs 2 Lakh, while the runners-up received Rs 1 Lakh. Their bounty was padded up substantially with the CM awarding the two teams Rs 1 lakh from his side.

Nilesh Lamichaney of Alpine SC was adjudged Player of the Match for his scintillating innings of 56 runs in 71 balls.

The Player of the Tournament honor went to Paljor Tamang of Black Eagles for his 386 runs and 14 wickets in the tournament.

The Player of the Tournament in the U-16 category went to Tarun Sharma of Alpine SC while Md Aadil Alam of GDCWA-Gyalshing received the Player of the Tournament U-19 trophy.

Rohit Limboo of Royal North CC was adjudged Emerging Player of the Tournament while Nilesh Lamichaney figured in the honor roll again as the Highest Run Scorer for his 419 runs. Tarun Sharma was the Highest Wicket-taker of the tournament after having scalped 20 wickets.

On the occasion, SICA also felicitated the Chief Minister for his contribution towards the development of cricket in the State.

SICA also felicitated BCCI chief curator Ashish Bhaumik and former faculty of National Cricket Academy and Director of Coaching, Sikkim, Dr Atul Gaikwad for their contributions toward Sikkim cricket.

Speaking to media persons, the CM spoke about the various activities and coaching camps taken up during his tenure as Sikkim Cricket Association president from 2005 to 2009 for the development of cricket in Sikkim.

He expressed happiness with the development of cricket in Sikkim and congratulated the present team at SICA led by Lobzang Tenzing as president for working tirelessly for further development of cricket here.

In his address, Sports & Youth Affairs Minister, Kunga Nima Lepcha, who had accompanied the CM to the event, congratulated SICA for organizing tournaments, coaching camps and other activities for cricket in Sikkim.

SICA president Lobzang Tenzing, in turn, listed out the various activities taken up by the present team of SICA and thanked the State government and the CM for the priority they have accorded for the development of sports in the State.