Helping hand for local cricket talent

4 March 2020|Sport| Off Comments off on Helping hand for local cricket talent|

FOUR promising athletes have received scholarships to help them transition from the Intercultural Sports League (ICSL) to Premier League Cricket.

Gagin Virk (TPS), Ismail Mohammed (KLM Kings), Parth Gohil (Annapurna Allstars) and Usman Afzal (KLM Kings) are this season’s recipients of the Elise Archer MP Multicultural Player Scholarship for ICSL/Glenorchy Cricket Club.

Glenorchy Cricket Club director of cricket and ICSL partnership manager Simon Stebbings said the scholarship provided an important link and support mechanism to encourage players from the multicultural community to integrate into the competitive Premier League Cricket.

“We are extremely thankful for the great ongoing personal support from our local MP Elise Archer for the partnership between the Intercultural Sports League and Glenorchy Cricket Club,” he said.

“This is the fourth season Elise has personally sponsored the scholarship program, which provides opportunity for local multicultural cricketers from the ICSL to transition to Premier League Cricket, which is the highest level of cricket in our state.”

Since the program began in 2017, the scholarships have supported 12 players to transition into playing premier league cricket, as well as being a key part of the wider integration of the local multicultural community with the Glenorchy Cricket Club.

“This great partnership brings diverse communities together through a common love of cricket,” Mr Stebbings said.

“Our goal is not only to bring communities together, but also provide an opportunity for players from the multicultural community to play representative cricket to the highest possible level.”

Inaugural scholarship recipient from 2017 Vikrant Singh is now an ambassador for the club, helping others from the multicultural community to transition to Glenorchy and Premier League Cricket.

“The scholarship from Elise allowed me to connect with the Glenorchy Cricket Club and gave me the opportunity to play competitive cricket,” he said.

“The club has been a very important part of my life for the past three years where I have made great friendships.

“During that time, I was able to play Second Grade Premier League Cricket and also won some bowling awards.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities that the Elise Archer scholarship provided me.”

Ms Archer said she had been supportive of the initiative from day one and jumped at the opportunity to be actively involved.

“I’ve been so proud and fortunate to be able to support this initiative for our local community, to help the Glenorchy Cricket Club grow its membership and provide mentoring to players both senior and junior and, of course, the opportunity to play in Premier League Cricket,” she said.

Caption: From left, Intercultural Sports League (ICSL) founder and director Raj Chopra, partnership ambassador Vikrant Singh, Kumar Sarwan and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.

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