1st Ranji trophy match begins at NCA Stadium
Dimapur, November 1: With the bowling of the first ball today, Nagaland officially entered First Class Cricket in India as it played and hosted the first Ranji Trophy match against Mizoram at Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio flipped the coin where Mizoram team won the toss and opted to bat.
Batting first, Mizoram were all out at 106 in 47.2 overs in its first innings. Taruwar Kohli contributed 49 runs while Akhil Rajput and Sian scored 28 and 14 respectively for the team.
For Nagaland, Kazi Abrar took 4 wickets for 16, Pawan Suyal 2 wickets for 42, Imliwati 2 wickets without giving any runs and Tahmeed 1 wicket for 21.
In its first innings, Nagaland were 189 for 4 at the close of the first day’s play.
Nitesh contributed 45 runs, Sedezalie-24, K B Pawan-30, Abrar Kazi-15 and Jonathan Rongsen-70 not out.
For Mizoram, Moia and Akhil took 2 wickets each.
Before the commencement of the game, Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, inaugurated the New Player’s Pavilions at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium Sovima, Dimapur.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the Ranji Trophy at Nagaland cricket stadium Sovima, General Secretary, Nagaland Cricket Association, Abu Metha informed that Naga cricketers would be getting great opportunity henceforth.
“Each Naga cricketer who is playing Ranji Trophy will be earning about Rs.1.5 lakhs per match which does not include other allowances like travelling expenses, kits and at the end of the season each Naga cricketer playing Ranji Trophy will be taking home at least Rs.20- 25 lakhs,” Abu maintained.
He observed that potential for cricket as not only great but felt that it would contribute immensely towards generation of local employment and local economy.
Abu informed that an amount of Rs.4 to 5 crores would be infused into the local Naga economy, every time Nagaland gets to host BCCI matches.
He further said that Nagaland would be hosting several matches from the next season.
Deputy Chief Minister, Nagaland, Y.Patton, hosts of MLAs, BCCI officials, dignitories and cricket lovers witnessed the first day of the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
Tomorrow, the match will start at 8.45 a.m.
(Page News Service)