Guwahati: The focus of the new committee that took over the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) on Sunday will take the game outside Guwahati to the smaller towns, said incoming president Taranga Gogoi.
Providing infrastructure and coaching facilities will be one of the other core areas, he said.
Speaking to PTI after taking charge as ACA president, Gogoi said: “We will make sure that cricket is not limited to Guwahati alone. We will try to ensure that more competitions, including first-class competitions, are held at venues outside this capital city.
Gogoi, who is a first-time MLA of the ruling BJP from Naharkatia constituency, also underlined the importance of proper infrastructure and coaching facilities.
“The committee before us initiated a lot of infrastructure development work across the state. We will try to complete these and undertake new ones.
“Without a good infrastructure, the players cannot give their best. In addition, we will also ensure that sufficient coaching and other facilities are available for our cricketers,” added Gogoi.
He also said that the ACA will ask the BCCI to allocate more international matches to Guwahati, including World Cup matches when India hosts in 2023.
“We will also work to make the ACA Stadium, Guwahati, a test site,” said Gogoi.
Gogoi, along with five others, was declared an uncontested member of the ACA’s Apex Council on Sunday.
The new vice president of the association will be Rajdeep Ojha while Tridib Konwar will be the secretary.
Other Apex Council members are Rajinder Singh (Co-Secretary), Chiranjit Langthasa (Treasurer) and Anupam Deka (Member, Apex Council).
Two players will be nominated by the Indian Cricketers Association while one from Accountant General, Assam, office of the Apex Council. The nine-member Council serves a three-year term.