First ever Chakma Premier League of cricket kicks off

Kamalanagar, 19 December, 2021: The first ever Chakma Premier League of cricket in Mizoram kicked off yesterday at Borapansury-I. Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council inaugurated the opening ceremony of the league which will feature 47 contests and will be played over eighteen days. The final will be played on 7th January, 2021.

The tournament was kicked off with the Hon’ble CEM, CADC hitting a ball from one of the players.

The CEM speaking on the occasion wanted that this event should not become a one-off exercise and urged the youths for pursuing sports with professional ambition and perseverance. He further added that career in sports and for that matter any in non-academic fields should also be aspired by the youths.

The league organized by CADC Cricket Association in collaboration of NGOs of Borapansury will be played by a total of 20 teams hailing from different parts of Chakma inhabited areas of Mizoram. David Chakma, the President of the CADC Cricket Association speaking over phone said that the league will identify the best players for selection to represent the Chakma community in the President Cup to be played in Aizawl.

The 20 teams are distributed over four groups. The entire tournament will be played in four rounds – first round, quarter final, semi final and final. The first round will be played in 15 over format and the rest of the rounds in T20 format. In the first round each team will get to play four matches and the best two performing teams from each group will qualify for the quarter final round. The four winning teams of the four quarter final matches will qualify for the semi-final round and the winners of the two semi-final matches will reach the final round.

The league was conceived a year ago but could not take off due to the covid-19 pandemic. The tournament was initially planned at the Kamalanagar playground but due to the ongoing work of laying astroturf there the venue has been relocated to Borapansury.