10 teams in fray for DCC crown

DUBAI - The Dubai Cricket Council’s (DCC) first-ever ‘Cricket for Care’ Inter-Academy U15 Tournament shall get into full swing at 7he Sevens Ground on Friday and Saturday, with 10 academies all aiming for the top spot.

By (Alex Leach)

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Published: Sat 23 Apr 2011, 12:49 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

This 25-over competition, sponsored by a dedicated advocate of the bat and ball game in Shyam Bhatia, will see five sides apiece in two groups and qualification games being played across forthcoming weekends in the run-up to summer.

The winners and runners-up of each mini-league shall then go forth to the semi-finals, with those who emerge victorious in the last four ultimately going on to contest the final.

Bhatia himself hosted the draw ceremony on Wednesday evening at his cricket museum in Jumeirah, where representatives from the various cricket academies (CAs) picked out the names from the hat.

Desert Cub CA, Emirates Cricket Training – Dubai, Unique Cricket Training – Sharjah, Young Talents CA and Zayed CA – Abu Dhabi were pitted against each other in Group A, whereas Group B consists of Al Ain Sportsplex, Emirates Cricket Training – Sharjah, G Force CA, Maxway Institute for Cricket Training and Sharjah CA.

Everything seems set then for some competitive excitement and fun down at 7he Sevens for these talented, teenage cricketers and Bhatia, through initiatives like his ‘Cricket for Care’ charity, knows only too well the importance of allowing youth prospects to revel in the sport.

“It has always been my dream that the kids and youngsters, whom I try to support, can play for their country one day,” he said. “I once sent six boys from South Africa to get trained in India and, after five or six years, one of those children – Roloef van der Merwe – has played for South Africa in one-day internationals (ODIs).

“He also performed in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore and, this time around, he is representing the Delhi Daredevils. It’s very, very satisfying and encouraging to see.

“The aim of this tournament is to try and support children at the earliest point of the game as they are the future of a nation. We simply have to encourage and support them.”

He added: “I would request all of the sides play as a team and support each other and every academy.

“Let us – and children – enjoy the game and teach them that winning and losing is part of the sport, as it is in life.”

alex@khaleejtimes.com



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