There are a variety of things that interest me and I am certain it is the same for most people.
While my writing revolves around travel, food or craft, there is a sport that I am equally passionate about- most Indians are passionate about. While some claim it to be another ‘religion’, I stop short of it. It’s the game of CRICKET.
Every by-lane in India on a Sunday wakes up to impromptu cricket matches between people of all age groups. And when there is a big India match on TV, all other life just crawls.
Vizag, my home town was host recently to its’ first ever Test match (5 day match) between India and the visiting England team. All serious economic issues (like the demonetization) were relegated to the back burner for those five days as all anyone asked was ‘what’s the score? How many overs? How much is Kohli on’ and so forth. The occasion was so momentous that the Chief Minister of my state of Andhra Pradesh flew in to watch the first day’s play; and the icing on the cake was India’s victory.
It is impossible to live here and not get caught up in the frenzy of this game. All families dream of having their children play for the Indian team. I am so thrilled that my cousin Faiz Fazal is a proud India team member and it gives us great joy every time we see him on the playing field.
I along with most of my family and relatives belong to a social group called Mahdi Bagh Youth Club and a charitable trust called Faza Foundation. As part of the youth club our main aim is to generate funds and organize fund raisers to support the charitable foundation.
Our club organizes and takes part in many events to this end. We were recently part of the ‘Dance for Kindness’ initiative from our headquarters in Nagpur. Another one of our most entertaining and successful fund raiser is – you guessed it-the good old game of cricket.
The Faza Foundation-Vizag Super 20 corporate cricket tournament as we call it follows the 20-20 format of the game and is played between 16 corporate and government teams from Vizag.
Under the guidance of our club’s President, Mr. Moinuddin Malak, we, about 20-odd members in Vizag, come October put everything behind us and as they famously say –eat, sleep, dream and live cricket.
From booking the sports ground, to canvassing for teams and sponsorship, to organizing press and team meets and then the 8 days of action packed cricket- it is perhaps the most gruelling, but the most satisfying period of time that we all spend together-our varying views forming a perfect blend that leads to a successful cricketing extravaganza year on year.
There is the excitement of the teams, the camaraderie on the cricketing field, the off-field commentary and steady peppy music, the exciting scores and some really close nail-biting finishes- a total carnival atmosphere. From tears to ecstatic smiles, our first 2 editions have seen everything.
As we now prepare for our 3rd edition from the 1st of December, 2016, we the organizers have more butterflies in our stomachs than the playing 11 out on the field. 😉
Apart from the immense love for the game, there is only one thing that drives and motivates us and that is our ultimate goal of being of assistance to those less fortunate than us through the charity work this tournament helps us in performing.
Our fantastic teams for this edition:
PINNACLE HIGH ROLLERS
EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND CRICKET TEAM
SHIP BUILDING CENTRE
HPCL/VR CRICKET TEAM
NAVAL ARMAMENT DEPOT
WALTAIR CLUB RAIDERS
ALWAR DAS GROUP
VIJAYA MEDICAL CENTRE
CJR and NACSTONE
NRI KING’S CLUB
STATE BANK OF INDIA
ANDHRA PRADESH POLICE
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players. The batting team attempts to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents field. Each phase of play is called an innings. After either ten batsmen have been dismissed or a fixed number of overs have been completed, the two teams swap roles. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs. The game is played either as a 5-day game, a 50-over game or the newest format a 20-over game.
Our tournament is based on the 20 over format and we have 2 games in a day- morning and afternoon.
Faza Foundation was formed in 2003 in Visakhapatnam for carrying out social services all over India. The Foundation primarily provides medical aid, welfare for women and children and education for the needy child. The activities have been held in Vizag, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Ujjain and Pune irrespective of the caste or creed of the people.
Tamanna S. Mehdi