Delhi Blues Cricket Academy, one of the oldest cricket academies in India, has landed in Nepal on Monday to play friendly matches against Kathmandu’s Great Himalaya Cricket Academy (GHCA).
In a tournament which has been named as Indo-Nepal U-19 Friendly Series, the Delhi Blues will play five one-day against GHCA which will be led by national U-19 cricketer Prakash Bista. The series which begins from Tuesday will run till October 18.
Established in 1956, Delhi Blues has to its credit iconic names like Kirti Azad, Maninder Singh, Ajay Jadeja, Gursharan Singh, Rahul Sanghvi, Gagan Khoda, Murli Kartik, Surinder Khanna, Sunil Walson, Vivek Razdan, Nikhil Chopra and many more who have in challenging times romped through historic wins for the country.
Delhi Blues Cricket Academy is under the Dronacharya Cricket Foundation which is run by Gurucharan Singh. Gurcharan, chief coach and the founding President is a recipient of The Dronacharya Award, highest Award given to a coach by President of India for outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sports persons to excel in International events.
GHCA Director Sudeep Sharma said the series will help the youngsters in every possible way. “This is a much needed exposure for our youngsters… and also temperament to play longer version as we’re playing 50 over-games,” said Sharma a national-level cricket himself who has to his name the National One-Day Cricekt Tournament in 2010 title.
The visitim team is accompanied by manager Rakesh Rai and will be coached by Narinder Kumar, a former Ranji player. The team will consist of Paras Jain and Ankit Negi who play for Delhi Under-16 side.
Sharma is expecting a tough competition betwen the two teams. “We expect the Delhi Blues U-19 side to be experienced and technically sound. So they will not be an easy opponent. We must play with lots of patience and positive approach to beat them,” added Sharma.