The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s finance committee has recommended an allocation of INR 50 crore to develop infrastructure in the North-Eastern States. The good news for the region comes a day before the Assam Cricket Association’s new stadium at Guwahati plays host to its first international cricket match – the India-Australia second T-20 international.
CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya informed that the Finance Committee of BCCI has decided to allocate a fund of Rs 50 crore for infrastructure development of North Eastern States.
The Finance Committee has made a recommendation to sanction INR 50 crore towards developing cricket infrastructure in the North Eastern States, the CAB joint secretary and BCCI’s New Area Development Programme head Avishek Dalmiya had stated in a Press release.
The proposal was reportedly mooted by officiating treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry to create a fund for the NE development and was unanimously agreed by the members including finance committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The BCCI treasurer earlier last week has also proposed a pay hike for women cricketers, senior national cricketers and cricket officials.
The matter has been placed before COA chief Vinod Rai for his approval.
“I have been given to understand that the Finance Committee of the BCCI has recommended to allocate a separate fund of Rs 50 crore for development of infrastructure in the North-Eastern states. It is a much positive and a needed step,” Dalmiya has stated in the Press release.
“Considering the pan-India approach, it is of utmost importance to ensure appropriate infrastructure is created in these States so that they are in a position to compete,” Dalmiya added.
The entire structure and layout for Development of Infrastructure in the North-Eastern States has been created by NADP. The proposal includes development of full size cricket grounds, budget stadiums as well as indoor practice facilities. A separate cricket academy for the North-East is also mooted.
Based on such structure, the NADP committee of the BCCI chaired by Dalmiya had laid down the ways and means of executing it and followed up the implementation work. Steps had been initiated for creating indoor facilities in Meghalaya and Nagaland and also procurement of necessary cricket equipment for starting school tournaments in Sikkim.
Once the Finance Committee recommendations are approved by the COA, the board may directly or State associations take up all the infrastructure development, which have been pending for a long time.