Meghalaya Cricket Association to host North East cricket conclave & awards night


Shillong May 31: The 9th Conclave of the North East Cricket Development Committee (NECDC), which is a joint coordinating body of six North East states – Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim – will be held at the State Convention Centre, Shillong on 1 June 2024, to be hosted by Meghalaya Cricket Association. The occasion will also witness the 3rd Achievers’ Awards Night to recognize high-performing cricketers and officials of the six states from the BCCI’s domestic 2023-24 season.

Such conclaves are held annually, on rotation, among the member states; the MCA also hosted the third in 2018. Officials of all state associations together with founder members and award recipients will be present for the event.

The NECDC was formed in 2016 at the initiative of the founder and present Convenor and Co-Convenor, with the sole objective of a united approach for realizing the aspiration and rights for full permanent membership of the BCCI.

It was a long and arduous struggle against all odds and opposition. The avowed goal was reached finally in 2018, together with rights to participate in the prestigious Ranji Trophy and all other BCCI tournaments, including the constitution of a sixth zone of the BCCI for the six states termed as the “North East Zone”. It was indeed a historic year for all six states but with the permanent status has come bigger challenges and responsibilities.

The NECDC functions with a common minimum goal of cooperation among the six states exclusively for the development of cricket and cricket-related activities, ensuring better communication between the members and the BCCI, promotion of grassroots level cricket to encourage Indigenous young potential and improving cricket-related activities like regular tournaments, etc among NECDC states to ensure better understanding and bonding among them.

The basic principle is to collectively pursue the development and promotion of the game in a united manner so that the North Eastern associations can assist each other in all possible manners in the greater interest of the game and the interest of Indian cricket. Teamwork highlighting collaborative effort has been the hallmark of the NECDC up to now, functioning within the BCCI rules and guidelines.

The NECDC plays an important role in uniting all together as a team. The NECDC Inter State Friendship Cup started in 2023 and recognition of achievers in all age categories of BCCI tournaments – Men, Women, Boys, and Girls – since 2022, are two of the steps aimed at inspiring the cricketers from the zone and recognizing the performers during the season. Moreover, an exchange program, clinics for coaches, umpires, physios, trainers, et al among the six states are held regularly.

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