The Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) has been assured by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday that the latter will assist the BCCB in developing cricketing infrastructure.
The decision was arrived following a detailed meeting between BCCI and BCCB office bearers at the Cricket Center in Mumbai. President and Secretary of the Bhutan Cricket Council Board, ThinleyWangchukDorji and Jigme N. Norbu respectively, met BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and reportedly sought assistance of the Indian cricket board for the betterment of cricket in Bhutan.
BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted by Asian News International (ANI) saying that as Bhutan has a very difficult terrain to make good cricketing grounds and train their players, the BCCI had agreed to give them technical support for the betterment of cricket in all 20 districts of Bhutan.
“As our neighbors they look up to us for support in developing the game in Bhutan. The geography of Bhutan is a bit of challenge. They lack the number of grounds they would like to have, but I am glad to tell you that they have started developing a full-fledged regulation cricket ground in places around Thimpu,” Chaudhary stated. “Bhutan wants BCCI representatives, including those who are technically equipped, to go and inspect the existing facilities and terrain of Bhutan and see what further can be done.”
Chaudhary also added that the BCCI would be every keen to provide technical support to Bhutan such as sending coaches, fitness trainers, physios and all other support they have.
Meanwhile, the BCCB is an active member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). BCCI had reportedly also assured Bhutan that it would also be putting the BCCB’s application for enhanced financial assistance from the ACC in their next meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Staff Reporter from Thimphu