Mangalore, Nov 21: The finals as well as the prize distribution ceremony of the Dakshina Kannada Cricket Academy Cup Cricket Tournament T20 were organized on Nehru Maidan on Nov 21, Saturday, by Red FM and Namma TV.
Ratan Kumar, the joint secretary of DKCA Tournament, distributed the prizes to the winners City Cricketers and the runners up Ullal Cricketers. Preetham Saldanha received the Man of the Match Award. Nihal U, Gaurav, and Riyaz received the Best Batsman, Best Bowler, and Player of the Tournament Awards, respectively.
MLA Yogish Bhat made a speech in which he said that the Mangalore cricket teams, though enthusiastic and talented, lack encouragement from the public. He urged people to encourage and sponsor them so that they reach the national and international levels. He spoke of the necessity of organizing many more such tournaments to train Mangalore cricket players for national and international tournaments.
Moodubidri MLA Abhyachandra Jain said that Nehru Maidan is the home of many talented young players. However, the number of cricket players on Nehru Maidan has come down. He urged that the game must receive maximum encouragement. He also informed that Nehru Maidan, which is currently the venue for innumerable sports events and other programmes, hardly has any place for cricket players these days. He suggested that cricket fans and players must get together and construct an International Cricket Stadium in Mangalore with the help of generous philanthropists.
Manohar Amin, the convener of the Karnataka State Cricket Academy, was the guest of honor. He said that Mangalore’s players, though talented and enthusiastic, lack adequate practice and training. He opined that Mangalore is a great place to set up an international cricket stadium. In spite of the lack of practice, the teams have performed excellently, he said. He also informed that a piece of land has been identified near Thanneerbhavi for the establishment of a stadium and that this project can take off only with the encouragement and support of players, politicians, sponsors, and cricket fans.
Srikanth Rai, the president of DKCA, made the welcome speech. Bhupathi of Red FM and Ganapathi Rao, the former cricketer of Ranaji Cricket, were also present.