HKSZ London Premier League a great platform for young cricketers

Rituraj Borkakoty/Dubai
Filed on October 4, 2020
Nasir Ramadan, founder of HKSZ London Premier League, is planning to bring his tournament to Dubai.

Big names like Ajay Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh and Sohail Tanveer have also backed the tournament.

Nasir Ramadan, founder of the HKSZ London Premier League, has been overwhelmed by the success of an event built to encourage amateur players to chase their cricket dreams.

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was Nasir's commitment to the game that saw the amateur tournament get off to a flying start in a safe environment on September 25.

Not only has the tournament given youngsters a great platform to showcase their talent, the organisers have also introduced LED stumps and third umpire reviews - an unprecedented move at amateur level.

"Our main idea is to support young cricketers. And because of the success of the event, we have introduced a digital aspect. We have been applauded by the counties and cricket officials here because if you look at the quality, it's amazing. It's no less than the IPL standards.

"And also we are the first to have introduce LED stumps at amateur level, third umpire reviews, replays," Nasir told Khaleej Times, before adding that the event has got huge response on social media platforms where cricket lovers can watch the matches live.
Big names like Ajay Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh and Sohail Tanveer have also backed the tournament.

"The LPL gives the youngsters great encouragement. If international players back these youngsters, it's obviously a huge motivation for them to do well. So our platform has worked wonders for these youngsters," Nasir said.

The UK-based promoter of young cricket talent, who is planning to bring his event to Dubai, hopes the LPL will one day become as big as the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"In December, we are planning a six-team tournament. And each of these teams will have an international player. We have worked very closely with the Emirates Cricket Board, the Sports City and the ICC. So you know the LPL is the next IPL, the next PSL and it's your next T20 Big Bash. It will always be producing upcoming talent backed by the stars," he said.

And the support from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also helped Nasir organise the LPL amid a raging pandemic.
"The challenges were nothing because the ECB has done a fantastic job to help us conduct organised cricket. We don't have crowds on the ground, people can anyway watch it on our online platforms. We are taking all the Covid-19 measures (for players and officials) in our tournament," he said.

Finally, Nasir revealed that Ajay Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh hailed his amazing concept.

"This is T11. We have 10 overs and one powerplay over. Even our T20s are not T20s, they are T21s. We have a powerplay over in that format too. So we have always tried to implement something new. Even people like Jadeja and Yuvraj have said that it's an amazing concept," he said.

"There is an opportunity for everyone here. And the calls and the messages I am getting, I have humbly overwhelmed."

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