11 May, 2021

Mainstream Cricket: Six Northeastern States Finally Get Licence To Dream

After being dealt a bad hand for long, Arunachal Pra­­desh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Manipur finally got the opportunity to debut in first-class cricket.

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Techi Doria from Arunachal was the first NE player to score a century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
Mainstream Cricket: Six Northeastern States Finally Get Licence To Dream

During penalty shootouts, the onus is on the taker of the shot—when every try creaks under the nerve-wracking pressure to convert, goal­­keepers have little to lose. Likewise, the six Northeastern states—Arunachal Pra­­desh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Manipur—making their first-class debut in the ongoing domestic cricket season, have everything to gain, irrespective of the position they eventually attain. The other first-timers, Uttarakhand and Pondicherry, besides the comeback team, Bihar, will also be richer by the experience gained from this ‘season of change’.

While the other NE states, Assam and Tripura, have been competing in BCCI-organised tournaments, the Board has treated most of these associations with casual, belittling contempt over the years. Truth to tell, the BCCI’s starkly obvious bia­ses are linked directly to votebank politics. The most bizarre example is of Mizoram which, inexplicably, wasn’t even accorded affiliate membership, the third and lowest category that existed till...

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