The Committee of Administrators of BCCI on Friday assured that the six Northeastern states – Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh shall be provided with slots in the Ranji Trophy, in the next season. Vinod Rai, Chairman of the CoA in a meeting assured the representatives of the six states.
The participation of Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh was one of important suggestions in the Lodha Committee reforms to extend the game to remote areas of the country. Veteran Board official, Prof Ratnakar Shetty, has been tasked with the responsibility to work out a smooth integration of the six States into the mainstream.
Northeast India will be considered as the sixth zone of the cricket circuit with each State participating as individual units in the under-23 and under-16 categories from the current season. The finalists of the Northeast Zone would then participate in the national inter-zonal tournament in these sections.
For women cricketers in NE, a talent hunt will be organised in October.
The CoA is going to support permanent membership for these six states and the recommendation is expected to be made to the Supreme Court, keeping in mind the new constitution, which is to be finalized soon.