How to join girls cricket in Sikkim

Step-by-step advice on pathways, clubs, competitions and coaching for getting into girls cricket and women’s cricket in Sikkim.

A decade ago, if you were a young girl in Gangtok who was keen on cricket, you’d probably have been playing near the stands of the Palzor football stadium. Because there simply weren’t many facilities for cricket. 

Infrastructure has now improved. Cricket, especially girls and women’s cricket in Sikkim, is taking baby steps, but with top coaches brought in and programmes being put in place, the sport is on the right path. 

Where to start 

Most girls in Sikkim go from playing on the streets to attending camps organised by the district or the Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA). 

In future years, this might change. Since cricket is not the primary sport in Sikkim, the cricket association has some programmes to introduce the sport to young children. Before the pandemic, ‘fun fairs’ were organised at Chungthang, Dzongu and Mangan to give the next generation of players a taste of cricket.  

For now, as a first step, you can: 

  • Attend a camp organised by SICA and its coaches. Follow the Sikkim Cricket Facebook page for info about any practice camps that are happening. These camps are generally open to all and are walk-in.  
  • Register with your district association. They will then forward the application to the state association. Sikkim has four districts: North, South, East and West. 
Illustration of a newspaper story about a cricket summer camp

How to get selected to the Sikkim women’s team 

Sikkim has Under-19, Under-23 and senior state teams. The procedure for selection for all of them is similar.

Since the Sikkim team is pretty new, the selection process for the team has been changing. And as the sport develops, it is likely to change some more. 

For now, it’s a combination of a couple of ways. 

  1. Through a district or state camp 
    • Get registered with your district and the state association and attend a district camp.
    • If you’re good enough, you will get chosen for an age-specific state camp.
    • The state team is chosen from this group.
  2. Through a T20 competitionKhangchendzonga Shield. This was introduced for the first time in 2020.  
    • Registered players from all over the state are invited for a camp (in 2020 there were 64 players). 
    • From these players, four teams are made. These teams are Pandim, Kabru, Sinolchu and Simvo, named after mountain tops. 
    • Each team plays the other, with the top two after the round-robin stage playing the final. 
    • The top performers from this tournament are considered for the state teams. 

Facilities 

The Rangpo cricket ground is the centre for cricket in Sikkim. Camps take place around the state. 

Contact the Sikkim Cricket Association (SICA) on info@sikkimcricket.com or +91-7407407799

Other opportunities to develop your game 

As of May 2021, clubs around the state have been invited to register their women’s teams. We’ll update this space when we have more information!

School cricket in Sikkim 

Girls school cricket in Sikkim isn’t well developed. Some district associations have plans for inter-school cricket, but it has been affected by the pandemic. 

College cricket in Sikkim

College cricket for women in Sikkim isn’t common. 

Academies for girls in Sikkim 

There aren’t any notable academies. Girls are advised to reach out to SICA coaches itself at camps they hold for guidance. 

If you have information on schools, colleges or academies that support girls cricket in Sikkim, contact us and we’ll add it to this page!

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