SICA meets the CM to discuss Sikkim’s growing interest in Cricket
The Sikkim Cricket Association Executives led by the President Mr Lobzang G Tenzing along with construction committee chairman and architect called on the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) on the 27th of February 2020.
The main objective of the visit was to invite the Hon’ble Chief Minister as the chief guest for the Rangpo Mining Ground inauguration. To which the Hon’ble Chief Minister was gracious enough to accept the invitation.
Also, the President apprised the Hon’ble Chief Minister of the works conducted and submitted a progress report of the association from 2016 till date.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister was pleased at the progress of the Sikkim Cricket Association and all the following benefits received by Sikkimese youths:
a) Monetary benefits
The player’s fee for the 2019-20 season amounting to Rs. 4,28,57,750/- (Four Crore Twenty Eight lakhs fifty-seven thousand seven hundred and fifty) and the professional fee of the support staff amounting to Rs. 1,90,00,000/- (One Crore Ninety Lakhs)
b) Skill Development
c) Exposure terms of not just the players participating in the national arena (currently, SICA has teams in 7 categories participating in 14 tournaments of The BCCI) but as well as training and exposure of support staff i.e. Coaches, Managers, Medical and Physio units.
“The long deliberation with The Hon’ble Chief Minister was most encouraging. We are very fortunate to have a Chief Minister who is former President of SICA and a current voting member, understands the job of a cricket administrator as well as the workings of the BCCI like no other. He also shares a personal rapport with the current BCCI officials,” said the President of SICA.
He also submitted that SICA has hosted 3 national Tournaments this season at KIIT, Bhubaneswar (home ground approved by BCCI), Ravenshaw cricket ground and DRIEMS cricket ground, Cuttack, VIKASH cricket ground, Bhubaneswar. To host these tournaments inside Sikkim and promote the sport, SICA needs grounds for players.
The Chief Minister’s extension of support and belief that the association would benefit Sikkim’s society was greatly admired.
The recent visit to the Hon’ble Chief Minister’s office has reinvigorated the body as he not only extended his support but also expressed his intent to work in tandem with SICA. Such an effort would surely ensure effective and efficient performance.