They too are a cricket tribe
want to meet all of you in the lobby after
Make sure everyone is present.” The powerful voice of P. Bendang Jamir, one of the vicepresidents of the Nagaland Cricket Association, seemed to shake the glass doors.
The only other sound at the Sovima cricket ground — officially the Nagaland Cricket Association Stadium, located at a twohour drive from the hills in no man’s land — is that of willow hitting leather. Heavy showers and the subsequent floods had wiped out the state team’s training ses sions, and the cricketers were set to leave by an evening train for Guwahati for practice matches.
Jamir, the taskmaster, greets his players. He is not just an NCA vicepresident; he is also coach and selector. Being 65 — and with a knee problem — has not stopped him from mentoring the players on the field and then escorting the guests up the stairs to the top floor of the association’s building for a bird’s eye view of the cricket ground in Dimapur.
“People still have a misconception that
Far flung: The Sovima cricket ground is located at a twohour drive from the hills in no man’s land.