The Board Meeting opened with the welcome address from the President Thinley Wangchuk Dorji. In the statement the President congratulated the management and the staffs for the work-done even through the pandemic phase. The President also spoke about the hardship and effort His Majesty the King and the government has put for the people and the country during the pandemic phase.
The President also reflected on the global award Bhutan Cricket received, pointing out the hard work and dedication behind the award. The President also welcomed the two new recruits, Press Officer and Competition Officer to the cricket family.
Following the address from the President, BCCBs Finance Officer Dechen Dema presented the audited financial statement for the year 2020 and also presented the half yearly financial status.
The Development Officer Ugyen Dorji presented in the meeting reports on various development activities carried out in the last six months, however, according to Ugyen Dorji the management has been able to conduct intra-school tournaments in various Dzongkhags instead of the calendar inter-school tournaments which had to be forgo due to the pandemic and that of covid protocols.
The Chief Executive Officer, Damber Gurung presented to the Board reports on High-Performance Programme (HPP) where the national women’s team is currently under-going a 10 month contract with the Bhutan Cricket Board. Damber Gurung also thanked various organizations (Embassy of India to Bhutan, Planet Gym, AB Ventures, Vaidurya Wellness Centre) and individuals who came forward in support of the HPP programme.
Following the proposals, the Board approved list of tournaments to be conducted in the next half part of the year.
However, the tournaments will commence only with the approval from Bhutan Olympic Committee and Dzongkhag task force. In the meantime, the Dzongkhag coaches will start training their teams for the listed Dzongkhag competitions.
Further, the Board also approved Nu 700,000 each for initial development of Bajo HSS and Punakha Central School grounds. The approved budget will be utilized for purchase of equipment’s and maintenance of ground. However, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between school and Bhutan Cricket before any proceedings.
The adaptation of Key-Performance Indicator (KPI) system in the management, online registration for tournaments, digital payment methods, inauguration of Gelephu International ground and structuring of intra-school cricketing programs were discussed and following which the report shall be presented in the next Board Meeting.
The Board Members emphasized the importance of the International Cricket Council (ICC) KPI Scorecard system that ultimately leads to secure ICC grants for the affiliate members like Bhutan.
In the closing remarks, the President thanked the presence of the Board Members and support from the management for development of the sport and the achievement Bhutan Cricket has made over the years.
Tandin Wangchuk is the Press Officer for Bhutan Cricket. Played for Bhutan U19 to Senior team for a decade and previously worked as a Reporter/Copy Writer with Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan.