Kuwait Cricket: IDP inau­gu­rates Ju­niors Tour­na­ment in grand style

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The re­ju­ve­nated and re­vamped Ju­niors and Schools Un­der-19 Cricket Tour­na­ment was in­au­gu­rated in spec­tac­u­lar style this Satur­day De­cem­ber 10th by Kuwait Cricket, in part­ner­ship with IDP (of­fi­cial IELTS Test Cen­tre) and MGA in as­so­ci­a­tion with in­di­ansinkuwait.com.

Sand­wiched be­tween two league games on Satur­day morn­ing and blessed by the pres­ence of the newly ap­pointed chair­man of the Kuwait Cricket Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil, Mr Mah­mood Bas­taki; the in­au­gu­ra­tion and open­ing cer­e­mony was con­ducted by Kuwait Crick­ets Di­rec­tor of Do­mes­tic & Mar­ket­ing, Mr Sa­jid Ashraf, in the pres­ence of KC pa­tron and spon­sors, Mr Mah­moud Ab­dul­lah of MGA and Mr Hafiz of Al Hafiz Print­ing & De­sign Cen­tre.

The of­fi­cial con­trol­ling body of cricket in Kuwait, took to the fan­tas­tic Doha En­ter­tain­ment City turf ground with four teams play­ing on the day and coaches from many teams present for the in­au­gu­ra­tion. The morn­ing saw the re­turn of a buzzing at­mos­phere around ju­niors cricket that has not been wit­nessed for many years and the fes­tiv­i­ties were con­ta­gious with the cold and windy morn­ing do­ing noth­ing to dampen the spir­its of all in­volved.

There was a re­fresh­ing spark around the ground as the day kicked off with Salmiya Strik­ers se­cur­ing an ex­cit­ing fin­ish to win the open­ing game against Young Stal­lions. The se­cond game saw the clash of Maa­has CC Vs Prosports Dark Knights, where Maa­has showed great skill and dis­ci­pline to gain a com­fort­able win by 8 wick­ets.

Harshith Vora, the newly ap­pointed di­rec­tor of Ju­nior Cricket and ar­chi­tect of the re­vamped tour­na­ment, has been brought in to rein­vig­o­rate the Ju­niors and Grass Roots setup and has been work­ing back­stage to bring the coun­try’s acad­e­mies and youth teams to par­tic­i­pate and ex­pand the tour­na­ment’s reach. The Early signs are en­cour­ag­ing; with this first edi­tion kick­ing off with 10 teams, a num­ber that has not been seen in this com­pe­ti­tion for sev­eral years, and a gen­eral ex­cite­ment that bodes well for the fu­ture of Kuwait Cricket.

With a huge amount of prepa­ra­tion go­ing on be­hind the scenes to bring in live scor­ing, player pro­files, sta­tis­tics, score­cards and team stand­ings now avail­able on the KC web­site (www.kuwait-cricket.com); and with the fi­nals ex­pected to boast a guest DJ, food, mu­sic, fun fes­tiv­i­ties and a spe­cial guest ap­pear­ance from a cricket celebrity; Grass Roots cricket in Kuwait looks set for a much needed boost.

Mr Mah­moud Bas­taki ad­dress­ing the clubs dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion said: “The U-19 club for­mat cricket will give a real boost to the cricket of young­sters. Our aim is to build a tour­na­ment that will help the next gen­er­a­tion ben­e­fit­ted from the fa­cil­i­ties we have these days. He also em­pha­sized on the fit­ness and dis­ci­pline which is must in mak­ing of a cricketer”.

Mr Mah­moud Ab­dul­lah in his speech em­pha­sized that “it is in­deed a joy watch­ing young clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing and show­cas­ing their skills uti­liz­ing the best of fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by Kuwait Cricket. Friend­ship through cricket is the clear mes­sage for the young­sters”.

Mr Harshith Vora en­sured full sup­port to all the par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs as the Di­rec­tor of Ju­niors cricket and com­ing from the grass roots him­self un­der Kuwait Cricket U-15 lev­els, Mr Vora em­pha­sized on the need of re­viv­ing ju­niors cricket like never be­fore in or­der to as­sist Kuwait in per­form­ing bet­ter in in­ter­na­tional ju­nior tour­na­ments.

Mr Sa­jid Ashraf, Di­rec­tor Do­mes­tic and Mar­ket­ing con­cluded the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony with an ex­pec­ta­tion of full fo­cus on dis­ci­pline from the ju­niors and thanked all coun­cil mem­bers and spon­sors for their pres­ence in­clud­ing the Man­ager of lo­gis­tics Mr. Robert Dsouza , match of­fi­cials, tour­na­ment co­or­di­na­tor Mr. Ghay­oor Ahmed for their hard work and sin­cere ef­forts.

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