Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to invite Commonwealth nations to use BCCI’s cricketing facilities. Indian PM can announce this invitation during the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The CHOGM 2018 will be held in United Kingdom (UK) in this April. According to the Indian Express, the Ministry of External Affairs had met with BCCI members to talk in this regard.
In coming days, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) can be signed between Indian government and BCCI in this regard where it will be mentioned that two or three Commonwealth members will tour to India each year and BCCI will bear the cost of these trips.
Talking about that, a source quoted according to the Indian Express, “CEO Rahul Johri and Saba Karim (General Manager, Cricket Operations) had a few meetings with the Ministry of External Affairs and also with the Sports Ministry. The paperwork is almost complete. The Indian board will lend its support to countries who come under the Commonwealth. As India is a powerhouse in world cricket, the government wanted the board to lend a helping hand to these countries and let them use the top-class facilities.”
Including India, a total of 53 nations’ chiefs will present in the upcoming CHOGM 2018. In that meeting, the famous international cricketing members’ nations like Australia, England, West Indies, Pakistan, South Africa will present along with Zambia, Singapore, Uganda, Fiji, Namibia, Bahamas, Papua New Guinea etc. who are presently the associated and affiliated members of international cricketing body ICC (International Cricket Council).
Talking about opening up this opportunity for all Commonwealth nations, the source said, “Some of the teams play in ICC tournaments but never get a chance to visit India. Having a small camp might help them. The board can have camps in Andhra Pradesh, Bengaluru or any other part of India. We have earlier allowed Afghanistan to play their home games in India, and they continue to do so.”