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Cricket nurseries begin to sprout talent

Staff Correspondent

Forum helps to identify promising youth for club cricket

MYSORE: Mysore has produced many talented cricketers who have played for the State and the country. Among them is the “Mysore Express” Javagal Srinath. Club cricket has also come up in a big way in Mysore, by helping to groom talented players to become masters in the game.

The Mysore Forum of Association of Cricket Umpires of Karnataka is doing its bit to identify cricketing talent in high schools by holding tournaments for them. The forum’s gesture has provided a platform to many youngsters to showcase their cricketing talent and get a call from the clubs.

For the second successive year, the forum conducted its cricket tournament, and it evoked a good response from the schools.

“Tournaments are conducted here at the club, college and State-level, but not at the high school-level. We thought of holding a tournament for the high schoolchildren to encourage them to pursue the game with interest so that their talent is recognised,” said forum president Venkatasubbaiah.

It invited the secretaries of the city’s cricket clubs to the tournament, to select the best talent for their respective clubs.

Encouragement

“Last year, the tournament winners — Marimallappa’s School — took part in a tournament organised by ‘Boost’ in Bangalore. The Parashuram Club took boys from the JSS High School into its team on seeing their performance. In this way, we identify young talents and encourage them in the world of cricket,” he said.

Mr. Venkatasubbaiah said, “We, too, recommend boys to clubs. It’s our way of doing something little for the game.”

“We are yet to receive information on the boys selected by the clubs this year. We have identified some talented cricketers like last year,” he added.

This year, 18 schools, including one each from Mandya and Nanjangud, took part in the tournament. The forum consists of 24 qualified and 16 non-qualified umpires.

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