The pooling together of ideas
The ambiguity surrounding organised cricket in Uttarakhand signifies its status as one of the country’s cricketing backwaters. But what could be the catalyst for rapid and permanent changes is success in the Ranji Trophy.
Overlooking the thick foliage on a downward slope of the undulating terrain of Gunialgaon, on the outskirts of Dehradun, the quaint Abhimanyu Cricket Academy looks serene in the milder climes of the hills. The horizontally spread brickcoloured building isn’t out of place amid the quietness around — the quiet interrupted from time to time by softly chirping birds. Betraying this atmosphere, however, is a palpable buzz around the institute — groundsmen are hard at work and officials with Uttarakhand Cricket Consensus Committee (UCCC) identity cards are moving about busily and congregating at the office located at one end of the main building.
The director of the facility, R. P. Easwaran, is impatient and stretched as he tries to fulfil his obligations to Uttarakhand cricket in the leadup to the kernel of the domestic season — the Ranji Trophy. As one of the two comprehensive and stateoftheart cricketing facilities in the state, his academy, although private, assumes importance as the region gears up to enter a new era.
The state of affairs
With no official cricket association, unlike most other states in the country, Easwaran and his academy are assigned the task of overseeing the Ranji Trophy selection trials for Uttarakhand. The National
Match duties: The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium seems idle for now, but IL&FS, which runs the facilities, claims it will host about 35 matches during the Ranji Trophy.