How a venue came about
No association office, no money. But an idea paved the way for the Cricket Association of Mizoram as it readies for its first season of domestic cricket.
t’s normal,” the driver said as our car is drenched, adding as he pulls to the side of the road: “Please enjoy the waterfalls and let me smoke a cigarette.”
Dotted by hills and rivers, the 90minute journey from Lengpui Airport to Aizawl — 3, 715 feet above sea level — is a delight. To imagine cricket in such surroundings is a romance of a different kind.
Like most northeastern states, football has been the heartbeat of Mizoram. A walk down Chanmari reinforces that point: locals in original Manchester United and England jerseys, their interest in the game only intensified by Aizawl FC’S maiden Ileague triumph in 201617.
But Mizoram is now all set to test the cricketing waters, being one of nine new teams to be included in the 201■19 domestic season by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
A 26year wait
Cricket has been played in Mizoram since the 1970s, started first by nonmizo government officers posted in the state, and the Cricket Association of Mizoram opened its doors in 1992.
“That was the year when we first applied for BCCI affiliation. They never replied. But we tried with every president — Jagmohan Dalmiya to Sharad Pawar. The Lodha Commission came as a blessing,” said Mamon Majumder, the association’s general secretary, on a rainy evening. He uses his personal station for meetings since the organisation doesn’t have its own office.
K. Vanlalruata, the Mizoram skipper and a steady toporder batsman, walked into the room. The litup hamlets on the other side of the hill create a magical backdrop, but Vanlalruata’s side is far from matching that at the moment.
“There is nothing praiseworthy yet. Locally, we are good. But going outside is a different ball game. To say the truth, everything needs to be polished. We can’t