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Silchar team get warm welcome on return

Hailakandi, April 24: The J.K. Baruah Trophy inter-district under-19 cricket champion team Silchar received a warm welcome on their arrival back home in Silchar on Wednesday.

Silchar defeated Golaghat by virtue of a first-innings lead in the final at Dibrugarh on April 21.

Batting first, Silchar declared their first innings at 405 runs for nine and Golaghat were all out for 189 in the first innings. Silchar declared their second innings at 199 for seven while Golaghat were 112 for five at the end of the match.

Silchar won the title in 2004 defeating NF Railway at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Stadium in Hailakandi. Silchar entered the final three times and finished runners-up on all the three occasions.

Skipper Mihir Deb said, “It is the result of the tireless efforts of all the members of the team”. Abhisekh Thakuri, one of the most successful batsmen of the team, who scored 86 and 87 runs in both the innings of the final, said the felicitation they have received in Silchar was “unexpected”. Coach Niranjan Das and manager Mosarab Hussain Laskar said the victory was the fruit of constant practice and concentration.

Silchar DSA and other organisations felicitated the team on their arrival in Silchar yesterday evening.

The Golaghat team, on the other hand, has lodged a written complaint with the hosts — Dibrugarh DSA — mentioning that six players from outside the state were playing in the Silchar team. The ACA later postponed the prize distribution ceremony and said the prizes would be given after verification of the complaint.

Silchar DSA general secretary Babul Hore said he has spoken to Assam Cricket Association secretary Bikash Baruah and secretary of Dibrugarh DSA Manindra Nath Saikia. He affirmed that all the players of the team have valid registration certificates. All the players also have valid identity cards.

ACA secretary Baruah said, “The tournament committee will decide the matter. As soon as I get the official complaint and the observer’s report, I will convene a meeting of the tournament committee.”