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Selection procedure for cricket to represent Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/1/2019 12:46:33 PM IST

 This is to inform about the procedure of selection to represent Nagaland in various categories of teams. At present the State has teams playing in BCCI tournaments in both Men’s and Women’s categories in Senior, Under-23, Under-19 and Under-16. 

As per the norms of the BCCI, each state team is allowed three guest players from outside the state in each team. For the purpose of selecting guest players, trials are conducted in which players from all over the country can come and participate and submit their playing records. All selected guest players have to obtain NOC from their respective states and undergo the online registration process of the board. 

All local players also have to submit relevant documents of birth, local inhabitant, local student or local employment certificate, medical proof of age through X-Ray reports, etc. These documents are submitted to the board through the online registration process and the approved lists of registered players are released by the board after scrutiny. An unregistered player cannot play a single match as she or he will not be allowed to take the field by the match referees and officials. 

Nagaland has participated in Ranji Trophy in only one season so far and the State had just two first class players who had played at this level for other states, namely Jonathan Longkumer and Hokaito Zhimomi. Their NOCs were obtained after they had agreed to shift to Nagaland and accordingly they were registered with Nagaland. 

Being a nascent and first time team at this highest level, it is necessary for us to use the provision of the guest players in order to ensure that we have a reasonably respectable team in all the categories. Ranji Trophy is the highest standard of the game only below international test matches. 

It is a known fact that Cricket is not the most popular game amongst the indigenous youth due to a combination of various factors. However the association continues to make efforts in encouraging our indigenous sportspersons to play the game through regular organisation of coaching, training, district level and inter-district tournaments. Even now youngsters in the age category of below 15 years are regularly being trained by our coaches and senior players. 

In girls and women’s categories it is even more difficult to get a sizeable pool of indigenous players in the respective teams but it is encouraging to note that the present Under-23 girls team have 8 indigenous players who are doing quite well. 

As mentioned above, all our teams have players from outside Nagaland representing the State from the rest of the country under the guest player category and this is the norm for many states, especially in the new state teams of the north east. We hope that in the coming years we will not require guest players but as of now it is necessary for good performances and also to improve our local standards. As per the norms, any citizen born in Nagaland, even if presently based outside, is eligible to be registered as a local player but we continue to make efforts to promote local Naga cricketers. 

At present, during the non-playing season, the association is conducting trials for local indigenous players who have been invited from all the districts to come and participate. The information for trials for players from all districts have been published in the local media and newspaper. We also have social media presence and a Facebook page where all information of activities and programmes are posted for general information of all sections. The trials for boys Under-19 and fitness camp for seniors for only local Naga players have been scheduled to begin from 30th March and 2nd April respectively. 

We continue to make efforts to promote the game locally to ensure that our own players reach the standards where they can play at the higher levels. The association is also regularly conducting training, workshops and seminars for coaches, video analysts, grounds curators, etc in order to groom our own human resource and infrastructure. 

The association is pleased that the National Cricket Academy will be conducting the Zonal Cricket Camp (U-19 Boys)  at Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima from 15th April, 2019 onwards where participants and players from all over the zone comprising of the states of Arunachal, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Puducherry and Nagaland will attend. The substantial improvements in infrastructure at the Dimapur stadium and the cricket academy have ensured realisation of the long cherished aim of a zonal academy in Nagaland which is a first of its kind. 

Another factor which we have faced is that the competitive season lasts for 3 to 6 months and many of our local cricketers opt out after selection as the playing season coincides with academic examinations here and players are required to be available for the whole duration which begins from the trails, camps, tournaments and then zonal camps. Documentation also remains a challenge for our local youth for which we have a proper assistance cell as many players fail to get registered due to poor documentation. 

We look forward to the support and cooperation of all sections in our common endeavour of promoting the game and creating opportunities despite the challenges and difficulties. The entry of Nagaland in the Ranji Trophy is a significant achievement which has been an aspiration for decades and we need to support our youngsters to enable them to reach greater heights.

We encourage our local youngsters and youth, who have sufficient talent, to come forward and avail the opportunities that are present in order to increase our pool of local players as it is our endeavour that maximum opportunities are given to local Naga youth from all over the State in a meritorious and fair manner. 

P. Bendang Jamir, Vice President, Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA)

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