Anyone who works in conference and event management know that there’s always a chance that the event might hit a snag, which is exactly what’s going on with India’s Meghalaya Cricket Association and their Meghalaya T20 Premier League.
The organisation has reached an understanding with a Shillong-based conference and event management firm to handle the Premier League in the state, but the event has hit a BCCI roadblock, stopping them from going through with the event.
The Meghalaya Premier League is a state cricket association, and has already received approval and backing by the state’s government. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was present at the signing ceremony for the launching of the league. The deal for the management of the event, to be handled by Orient Tradelink, was inked on September 17.
However, the ₹ 5 lakh prize money league has yet to receive the go-ahead from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Part of the issue is that BCCI’s guidelines do not allow for State-level leagues to bring in talent from outside the states under their jurisdiction. In such a situation, the Meghalaya cricket body will not be able to conduct the league with players from the other north-eastern states.
In order to permit the entry of players from the surrounding North-Eastern states around Meghalaya, the BCCI would need to modify its own regulations, which is currently unlikely, as the Indian cricket body as adopted to stop the Tamil Nadu Premier League and the other intra-state leagues from brining in players from outside the State. In that case, the Meghalaya Cricket Association will have difficulty launching the league as the state does not have sufficient local talent in order to create six professional teams for the league.
The BCCI New Area Development Programme Convener and MCA Secretary, Naba Bhattacharjee, countered, saying that the MPL is designed to encourage local youth to take up the sport of cricket across the state in order to harness the potential in Meghalaya.
The Meghalaya Cricket Association already tried to launch an intra-state league in Shillong back in 2008, which was to include teams from Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Pradesh, and Tripura. This league failed to take off.