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India to help develop cricket in Maldives

Published: June 06, 2019 20:55:52 | Updated: June 07, 2019 18:08:33


 

The Ministry of External Affairs of India  is working with the BCCI to train Maldivian cricketers after the island nation's President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sought India's assistance in developing the sport to international standard in his country, reports Business Standard of India.

Addressing reporters on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said India is also looking into constructing a stadium in the South Asian country, which is another request made by it.

He said the ministry is working with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to train Maldivian cricketers.

"A team from the BCCI visited the Maldives earlier in May for training of Maldivian cricketers, organising coaching programmes and supply of kits," he said.

During Solih's visit to Bengaluru, he was presented jerseys by Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli, former skipper M S Dhoni and IPL Chief Operating Officer Hemang Amin.

On the occasion, top BCCI officials, including General Manager Saba Karim, had given a presentation to the entire Maldives contingent.

Cricket Board of Maldives governs the sport in the island nation. It became a member of the Asian Cricket Council and an affiliate of the International Cricket Council in 1998.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to the Maldives beginning Saturday in his first bilateral trip after reelection for a second term as the prime minister.

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