BCCI to bear all expenses of North East states' Ranji debut
The BCCI will be providing all the six states with their accreditated NCA coaches, physios and trainers (men's, boys age group, women, girls' age group).
The BCCI will bear the entire cost of the cash-strapped North Eastern states' Ranji Trophy debut, which has been mandated by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee, a couple of whom will play their home games at neutral venues due to lack of infrastructure.
It has been reliably learned that Sikkim and Arunachal do not have grounds that will match up to requirements of first-class cricket and will play at neutral venues in neighboring states.
"BCCI has assured that all the state teams will be provided with coaches. We will have to submit our requirements and accordingly, they will depute the support staff. The entire expenses will be borne by the board," a representative of the North Eastern state told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"We will not be paid any grant directly. We need to submit the budget clearly mentioning all the overheads and BCCI directly makes the payments. It is difficult to pinpoint a figure but anything in the range of 4-5 crore needs to be spent per state. Infrastructure and logistics are two key issues," he added.
"Sikkim will be playing their home games in Siliguri while Arunachal Pradesh is likely to play in one of the grounds in Assam. Development of infrastructure was the key issue that was discussed along with streamlining the budget requirements."
"Meghalaya will have their pre-season camp at Guwahati. Some of the states will find it convenient if camps are held in Tamil Nadu or Karnataka, where they can avail all state of the art facilities."
Another key issue discussed was about the criteria of domicile for all those who want to use the opportunity to get first-class matches under their belt.
"Rules are clear. One needs to show a birth certificate, at least two years of employment in those new states, bank account in those states. While three professional players will be allowed (common BCCI rule), we were advised that we should groom our own players, which is a fair call," he added.
"If we employ professional players, we will have to pay the extra which is the norm. That money we will need me to arrange as match fees are taken care of by BCCI," he concluded.
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