BCCI extends full support to this Asian nation to develop cricket
"As our neighbours they look up to us for support in developing the game in Bhutan," the BCCI secretary remarked.
Updated - Apr 6, 2018 4:11 pm
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not only keen on developing the sport in the country but also wishes to extend their support to the other nations. Over the last couple of years, India has helped Afghanistan to host matches. And now, the BCCI has vouched to give full support to develop the game of cricket in Bhutan. Bhutan is relatively new to cricket and is progressing steadily in the game.
Recently, as per the reports in the Republic World, the officials of the BCCI and the Bhutan Cricket Council Board (BCCB) met in Mumbai to discuss the same. The BCCB wants the BCCI to assist them in developing the cricketing infrastructure.
There are 20 districts in the country and the terrain is very difficult to make grounds. Also, there are not many proper places to practice the sport. The BCCI Secretary has confirmed that the Indian board will extend their full support to their Asian neighbors. Also, he remarked that the BCCI will do everything possible to develop the game in Bhutan.
“As our neighbours 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,” BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary quoted.
“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. The BCCI will be every keen to provide technical support to Bhutan such as sending coaches, fitness trainers, physios and all other support we have,” he added further.
‘We are new to cricket’
Meanwhile, the BCCB officials admitted that they are new to the game and are slowly developing the sport. He noted that currently only 5 out of the 20 districts have cricket infrastructure but the sport is very popular in the country. They are already a part of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and hope to grow steadily in the game. The BCCB believes that with the support of the BCCI, ICC, and the ACCC, they can fulfill their aspirations of excelling in the sport.
“We are very new to cricket. Presently we are playing the game in five out of 20 districts in Bhutan. We have 12,000 children playing cricket at this stage. It is a sport that is slowly generating interest and I see a lot of potential for growth of the game in the country,” Thinley Wangchuk Dorji, the President of the BCCB said.
“We are hoping that through the support of the BCCI and through the ICC and the ACC, we can fulfill our dreams and aspirations for cricket. We are very happy for the technical assistance from the BCCI. I think it will be more than enough at this time for cricket in Bhutan. Our priority is to spread the game in all 20 districts and concentrate on the grassroots level,” Dorji remarked further.