First ever Cricket tournament for females held in Sikkim titled ‘Khangchendzonga Shield’

We, at Female Cricket, have been stressing on the need to take women’s cricket to new faces. The recent times under the impact of a global pandemic have not been exciting but with the resumption of major events like Women’s T20 Challenge and WBBL, we expect positive updates on our path.

 

Khangchendzonga Shield. PC: Sikkim Information and Public Relations Department / YouTube
Khangchendzonga Shield. PC: Sikkim Information and Public Relations Department / YouTube

 

A recent one makes its way from Sikkim. While the cricketing world was glued to the Women’s IPL and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, the first cricket tournament for women in Sikkim gets underway. The tournament is titled “Khangchendzonga Shield”. The first encounter of the tournament commenced at Mining Ground, Rangpo.

The first match saw Mount Sinolchu and Mount Pandim fight for the first win. Mount Pandim came as the winner. The second match was played between Mount Kabru and Mount Simvo. Mount Kabru was the winner over their competitors from Mount Simvo. The qualifying rounds, as per reports, are slated to begin on the 13th of November. The finals, moreover, are reported to be played on 21st November.

It has to be noted that two premiere officials of BCCI have also made their way to the event. Shri Ashish Bhowmick, BCCI Chief Curator and Dr Atul Gailwad, BCCI certified Master Coach. Both professionals are expected to work on the pitch and groundwork and further on the coaching of women’s team.

They shall also supervise the Level – 0 coaches courses respectively. Recently, the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha inaugurated the Sikkim Cricket Association’s 1st two-tier Club Tournament of Sikkim Cricketer’s Association. Events like these are precedents for bigger states to follow in India.

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While the nation seeks to enter the new coming era as a rejuvenated community, it can not afford to leave its women behind in any field. As women’s cricket reaches new streets, more players and more fans will get closer to the game.

A greater and, importantly, diverse participation will help our beloved game gain newer heights.

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