A view of the Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima as seen at dusk. NCS, Sovima which was inaugurated in 2012 is the only cricket stadium in Nagaland and the second cricket ground in the North East Region after Guwahati in Assam. (Morung File/ Photo Courtesy: Toshi Longchar)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | October 22
After a relatively successful debut in the BCCI domestic calendar with Vijay Hazare Trophy in the Plate group, Nagaland is now set to host four Ranji Trophy games starting November 1 at the Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Sovima in Dimapur. The first game will be played against Mizoram.
Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) is confident that the stadium will be ready on time as it gears up to host Ranji Trophy ties, sportstarlive.com, the digital platform of the multi-sport weekly Sportstar reported on October 22.
“Our first game at home will be against Mizoram. I am currently not in a position to confirm the other three opponents,” it said quoting P Bendang Jamir, NCA vice-president.
The report further noted that when the Sportstar visited the ground in September, a new dressing room was under construction, which is likely to be functional before the start of the tournament.
“It is almost complete. There will also be a shamiana and additional chairs for the spectators,” Jamir told the weekly.
The NCA is also planning to arrange a special bus service from the city to the Sovima ground in Dimapur for the spectators be free of cost and the matches are open to all, the report said.
Among the six north-east teams in the Vijay Hazare trophy, Nagaland fared best with five wins in eight games, it added.