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BCCI mission to spread game

Calcutta: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet representatives from states and Union Territories not covered by its affiliated units in its bid to spread the game in areas where it is not so popular.

The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya will meet sports ministers and sports secretaries of 12 such states and Union Territories here on Monday. This project has been named New Areas Development Programme (NADP).

Union sports minister Vikram Verma has been invited to attend the meeting, said Dalmiya Monday. Representatives from Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pondicherry and Sikkim are expected to attend Monday’s meeting.

“As a starting point, the NADP will conduct age-group coaching schemes with the help of BCCI-appointed coaches,” Dalmiya said.

“The Board will bear all direct expenses such as cost of basic equipment, fees of coaches and consultants as well as ground and fitness equipment at a later stage.”

Venue meeting

PTI adds from Mumbai: The dates and venues for India’s two-Test home series against New Zealand will come up for discussion during BCCI’s tour programme and fixture committee meeting scheduled to be held on June 10 either in Mumbai or Delhi.

BCCI secretary S. K. Nair said from Thiruvanathapuram that besides the Test series, the meeting will also discuss the venues and dates for the triangular one-day series — also involving Australia — slated to be held after the Tests in October-November.

“The final decision would be taken during the working committee meeting to be held in Delhi in the last week of June after the ICC meeting at Lord’s from June 14 to 20,” Nair said. “We will also discuss on June 10 the domestic season — Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and other one-day tournaments — so that we can start the matches early as we do not want to drag the domestic season till May like it happened this year,” Nair said.

“In fact most of the state associations have requested for an early start of the domestic season next year,” Nair added.

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