Gangtok: In the season of IPL, a mesmerising cricket story from the land of football. Kikam Bhutia from Sikkim has become the first woman from the Northeast to be appointed a member of the coaching staff of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)-conducted training camp.
Kikam, 29, who is a Level B certified coach, has been appointed the fielding and wicket-keeping coach for the under-19 (girls) training camp for Northeast and Bihar zone that began in Imphal, Manipur, on Monday.
Twenty-five girls from the northeastern states and Bihar, including four from Sikkim, have been selected for the camp that will conclude on May 13. Apart from training the girls, I hope to learn from other coaches here and share the knowledge gained from them with our girls when I am back in Sikkim,” she said.
This though is not the first coaching assignment for Kikam, who has also played for and coached Sikkim in various national-level tournaments. She acquired the Level B certificate given by the National Cricket Academy in 2010.