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Sikkim to host 3 Ranji Trophy matches for the first time

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Sikkim will host three Ranji trophy matches for the first time in December. The state will welcome three northeast teams: Mizoram, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, at the Mining Cricket Ground near Rangpo. The BCCI’s decision to allow Sikkim to host three of its Ranji matches at home will act as a game-changer in cricket’s promotion in Sikkim. Along with Ranji Trophy matches, Sikkim will also play two Cooch Behar Trophy matches, and three Col CK Nayudu Trophy matches at Mining.

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The Cooch Behar Trophy match on November 12 against Assam will be the first major domestic match in Sikkim. After two back-to-back multi-day men’s under-19 matches, cricket fans in the state will enjoy a Ranji Trophy match in Sikkim for the first time on December 13, when the senior men’s team take on Manipur in the 2022-23 Ranji Trophy opener.

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Sikkim and eight new states made its way into Ranji Trophy and other premier domestic cricket tournaments in 2018. However, due to the lack of a cricket ground, Sikkim had been playing at neutral venues. The development of the Mining ground into a venue worthy of hosting standard cricket tournaments had kindled SCA’s hopes of holding Ranji matches. But then Covid-19 struck, and the BCCI decided to hold matches in select venues to ensure a bio-secure environment when domestic cricket returned the following year.

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