Former England fast bowler Alex Tudor will train Dubai’s G Force Cricket Academy boys in India during a 10-day camp starting Friday, December 20.
The academy boys will be heading to Rajkot, Saurashtra, and will also be playing in local tournaments there.
Current Indian cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Jaydev Undakat are from Saurashtra and head coach of the Academy, Gopal Jasapara, who roped in Tudor for the tour, believes it will be an enriching experience for his boys.
“G Force has won many tournaments in Dubai and abroad and the time had come to face some quality opponents,” said Jasapara, who had represented Saurashtra 23 years ago before heading to the UAE.
Besides coaching sessions from Tudor, who is also a Level III England and Wales coach, the boys will play in a local tournament organised by G Force Academy and Genius School, Rajkot.
It will be followed by the G Force Open Saurashtra T20 knockout tournament featuring eight teams including the G Force Academy under- 13 and u-16 teams.
Tudor will also be conducting a Talent Hunt programme in Rajkot. Bipin Pujara, former Ranji Trophy player will also be part of it.
The G Force Cricket Academy teams that will be touring India
U13s: Devansh Popley (Captain), Daivik Vadodaria, Abhishekh Ganapathy, Ayush Walia, Aditya Mysore, Yash Barot, Gururaj Patil, Sanjeev Murthy, Nikhil D Pancholi, Kathan Bhavsar, Chirag Sawlani, Anirudh Krishnan, Darsh Desai, Jash Nitin Kumar
U16s: Kartik Shekar (Captain), Rishi Ramchandani, Ram Narayan, Mohamed Saud, Mehdi Asaria, Karan Soni, Hariram, Jitesh Gangwani, Krishna Lakhani, Nishad Edroos, Jai Singh, Yash Agarwal, Monish Chandiramani, Shishir Bhatia Coach: Zahoor Farooqui.
Indian High School became the winners of the inaugural School Invitational Tournament at the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City after a convincing win over Our Own High School.
The two sides had met during the group stages of the tournament that featured eight specially selected school teams and the Indian High School had won that previous match by a thumping 140-run margin.
And although Our Own High School improved on that earlier showing, they were still not able to close the gap between the two sides, with the Indian High School ending up 43-run victors. It was the climax of a superb event and Indian High School captain Keith Pinto was delighted to secure the victory.
“It is our first time in an indoor tournament and it has been a really good experience,” he said. “Everyone was unsure (how we would get on) and we got out plenty of times but we kept our cool in most of the matches.
“It has been a great privilege for the school (to play in the tournament at the ICC Academy) and winning it also has been a privilege,” he added.
Indian High School were worthy winners after not only impressing in the Pool stages and the semifinal against Delhi Private School, but also by producing a clinical performance in the final.
Batting first they made 23 in the first three overs and although Our Own High School fought back bravely to keep the final total to 53, it was still a score that proved too much to chase down.
Matches take place with standard ICC Academy indoor cricket regulations with each match involving 12 overs per side and each team featuring eight players although up to 12 could be part of a nominated squad for the tournament.
Shashwik Shetty of Indian High School was the star of the show as he finished with five wickets. It was a contribution that not only defined the final but also earned him the Player of the Match award.
ICC Academy head coach Will Kitchen said: “The idea behind this tournament was to give the young players of each of the eight schools the chance to have fun and also play some highly competitive indoor cricket against their peers and that is exactly what happened.
“Congratulations to the Indian High School, commiserations to Our Own High School and also well done to all the other schools that took part. And with the tournament proving such a great success, I am sure it will go from strength to strength in the future.”