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Appeal to review cricket policy

Shillong, Jan. 19: The Meghalaya Cricket Association (MCA) has urged the BCCI to review the current approach in promoting cricket among the New Area Development Programme states, including Meghalaya.

In a recent letter to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, MCA secretary Naba Bhattacharjee said Meghalaya should not “suffer” for the lapses of others.

Bhattacharjee said a realistic appraisal of the programme was required so that cricket, which is fast developing in Meghalaya, does not suffer, and that grants, which are pending since last the three seasons, are released without further delay.

The MCA highlighted that till the 2011-2012 season, besides regular tournaments for associate and affiliate members in different age categories, a host of other related programmes like coaching camps by National Cricket Academy resource-persons and BCCI specialised centres, were conducted in Meghalaya.

The MCA was declared the best-managed association during the period both in terms of cricketing activities, hosting most of the BCCI events for associate and affiliate members in the Northeast and submission of timely audited accounts.

“After the revival of the NADP sub-committee by BCCI in 2012, there has been a total halt to all development programmes, contrary to expectations,” Bhattacharjee said.

He said while numerous reports and documents were submitted in the intervening period on a regular basis as desired by the sub-committee, however, till date, no positive action has been taken by the sub-committee.

Patel appreciated the concerns of the association and assured Bhattacharjee of looking into the issues.