Gangtok, November 22 (IPR): The finals of the Khangchendzonga Shield 2020 was played at Mining Ground, Rangpo today. The programme was graced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang as the Chief Guest and Hon’ble Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha as the Guest of Honour. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Hon’ble Ministers Shri Karma Loday Bhutia, Shri Arun Upreti, Shri Sanjeet Kharel, MP Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba along with MLAs, Advisors, Chairpersons, Heads of Departments, officials and dignitaries.
The final match was played between Alpine Sporting Club and Black Eagle Team where the Alpine Sporting Club won the match by 125 runs. The winning team was presented with Khangchendzonga Shield by the Hon’ble Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs. This was the first two tier Club Cricket Tournament held in the State, which was organized by Sikkim Cricket Association.
Whilst interacting with the media, the Chief Minister mentioned that the Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) has been doing a great job in organizing such an event in the State.
He stated that sports activities help individuals to be healthy and fit and also mentioned his love for all kinds of sports. He also expressed his gratitude to the BCCI for their help and support. The Chief Minister shared his brief history of being the President of Sikkim Cricket Association and how it has progressed over the years with struggles and success. He also mentioned the future plans of expansion of the Ground at Rangpo where International matches would also be played.
He also mentioned that all kinds of sporting activities will be given priority so that the name of Sikkim shines in every sport. He further stated the nurturing of players from school level onwards in all districts of Sikkim.
Hon’ble Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha in his brief address during the prize distribution ceremony acknowledged the leadership and support of the Chief Minister who has been active and involved in healthy sports in the State since the beginning. The Minister also applauded the active role of the Chief Minister who with his presence and participation has shown his support and fondness for sports in Sikkim. He further thanked the BCCI representatives for their interest in the development of Cricket in Sikkim. He also thanked the SICA for launching such a herculean task of successfully completing the “Khangchendzonga Shield 2020”. He further stated that the State Government will provide all necessary help for making Sikkim compete and occupy topmost ranks in the field.
During the event, the Chief Minister also formally inaugurated the ‘net-practice’ facility at the Ground.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister was also felicitated by the Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) for his unstinted support, cooperation and guidance towards the sport. The Chief Curator BCCI, Shri Ashish Bhowmik and BCCI certified Master Coach, Dr. Atul Gaikwod were also felicitated for their individual contributions and support for the sport.
The programme also saw the presentation of awards for the event which are as follows:
1. Emerging Player of the Tournament: Shri Rohit Limboo (Royal North Cricket Club)
2. Player of the U-16 Tournament: Shri Tarun Sharma (Alpine SC)
3. Player of the U-19 Tournament: Shri Md. Adim Alam (GDCW)
4. Highest Scorer: Shri Nilesh Lamichaney (Alpine SC)
5. Highest Wickets Taken: Shri Tarun Sharma (Alpine SC)
6. Man of the Match: Shri Nilesh Lamichaney (Alpine SC)
7. Player of the Tournament: Shri Palzor Tamang (Black Eagle)