Aizawl (Aug 10): In what could be termed as a milestone for the state of Mizoram in its pursuit for promoting cricket in the state, Cricket Association of Mizoram (CAM), an umbrella association of cricket lovers in the state has become among 34 members to get in the list of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
CAM general secretary Mamon Majumder told a press conference on Friday that the association received affiliation from the BCCI for full members on Thursday after arduous effort and long wait.
He said that this was the fruit of the hardwork and an unending support of CAM president Lal Thanhawla and sincere efforts of CAM leaders, members and all cricket lovers in the state.
According to Majumder, the first letter requesting for affiliation was sent to the BCCI way back in 1992.
He said that CAM was invited to a meeting of all northeastern states in New Delhi on 8 September, 2017, which was the turning point for the association.
“As we have become a permanent member of BCCI, we know we have to climb a lot of steps to be in line with other cricket association in the country, but with the blessing of God and support of the state government and BCCI in developing our infrastructure, we believe we can attain the national limelight and our state players will be knocking for selection for national team,” he said, adding that the association is expecting proper training facilities from the BCCI as they have many talented players.
CAM president and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who addressed the press conference, also expressed happiness over the affiliation.
While emphasizing the need for promoting cricket in the state, Lal Thanhawla said the association is taking relentless effort in this regard.
He said that he want the youths to choose cricket as their sport career as it provide better source of income.
“Like we have valued football, cricket game should also be valued in the state as it will bring job opportunity to many youths,” he added.
The president also said that the association is taking massive effort to make its stadium in Sihhmui near Aizawl, a world class stadium.
CAM was established in 1992. There are at present 30 clubs affiliated to the association.
The association is currently conducting trial and selected probable for Mizoram team under different categories. The non-residential coaching camps are going on at Ramhlun Sports Complex and Durtlang for preparation of teams.
Mizoram team will be taking part at Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji trophy and other tournament starting from September.