Shillong, Aug 11: The Meghalaya Cricket Association began a two-day workshop-cum-clinic today for qualified local physiotherapists.

The idea is to induct locals as physios for the various state cricket teams and phase out the hiring of therapists from outside Meghalaya. As per BCCI norms, each team in all age categories must have a physio.

The workshop, which includes practical inputs, is being conducted by Parvez Bhatti with assistance from MCA physio Wandashisha Dkhar.

“We have decided to engage local physios and slowly phase out engaging from outside the state with a view to generate employment within the state,” MCA Honorary Secretary Naba Bhattacharjee said through a press release.

Some of the physios will be engaged for the state junior age category teams on a probationary basis from this upcoming season with the possibility of them becoming regularised from the 2020-21 season depending on their performance.

“Those selected shall also be sponsored for advanced cricket oriented training and clinics conducted by BCCI from time to time,” the press release added.

In addition to physios, Bhattacharjee said that there are openings for engagement as online and manual scorers, umpires and coaches for those who have attended courses and passed exams conducted by the BCCI or National Cricket Academy as applicable.

(Photo contributed by the Meghalaya Cricket Association)

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