New Delhi: The Ad-hoc committee on cricket affairs in Bihar will submit its introductory report to the BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur within three days of the first inspection, slated for today.
Anurag Thakur. Pic/Atul Kamble
Headed by former BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, the committee has been entrusted with the duty to ensure resumption of cricketing activity in Bihar. The committee also has Goa CA secretary Vinod Phadke, Tripura CA secretary Sourav Dasgupta, Gujarat CA's Bharat Zaveri and BCCI's Game Development Manager KVP Rao (replacing
an ill Prof Ratnakar Shetty, who will visit Uttarakhand, later this month).
According to reliable sources in the Board, it has been learnt that the Ad-Hoc Committee will be visiting the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium, which has the only turf wicket stadium in the state. "The BCCI secretary is very keen on resumption of cricket in Bihar and has sought an initial report within three working days of our completion of the inspection.
The committee members will be in Patna today. First priority is to see what is the condition of the turf wicket at the Moin ul Haq stadium," a committee member told PTI yesterday. While it is still not decided but the committee members may also visit the bigger districts such as Samastipur and Muzaffarpur, places from which lot of untapped talent can be unearthed.
"The secretary has specifically asked that we have to give a report on how quickly we can conduct the trials for U-16, U-19 and U-23 cricketers. Since there hasn't been any cricket in Bihar for years, we are not sure what is the condition of infrastructure. "The second part is conducting trials whether match trials or Open net trials. How to streamline the talent.
The committee at later stages might speak to some of the ex first-class cricketers who have coaching camps in Patna and adjoining areas to get an idea of talent. You cannot have 3000 boys turning up for U-16 trials," the source added. The BCCI is planning to re-induct Bihar into the BCCI's affiliates and associates tournament aomg with Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh.