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Cricket in a unique way!

Cricket on skates for young enthusiasts in Rajkot!!

This was something unusual that happened last month in my city, and I felt to share it with you all...

This was Cricket in the most exciting waY!!

In a unique, first ever, cricket tournament
organized in Rajkot(GUJARAT) in May 2010, students played cricket while wearing roller skates.


Organized by the Skate Ball Federation in the city, the tournament had caught the fancy of the young generation.


Teams
from around eleven states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya
Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka and many more, gathered in city.

The
newest version of the willow game was played on a field not larger than
a basketball ground made of concrete to allow the skates to play with
ease.

According to Pushpa Rathod, artificer of the game and
General Secretary of Skate Ball Federation, this game is different from
normal cricket as it needs lot of concentration, balancing and skating
skills.
"This is not simple cricket, as the children wear roller
skates. They have to be alert because if they loose concentration, they
will fall; this game is risky. The game has been organized at a
national level now, as the children have been practicing for the last
two years," said Rathod.

Salvi Pillai, a player from the Gujarat
is all excited as she has an advantage to play both the games and is
looking forward to playing in the international tournaments.

"This
national tournament is totally different from ordinary tournament.
Here, we have to wear skates and play. It is difficult to balance while
fielding. If we are selected for national games, further we can go for
international too," said Pillai.

During the tournament, there
were 30 matches between the teams. General rules of the games were
similar to the cricketing rules except that the team consists of seven
players.

In this game, both fast and spin bowlers had a long
run up and almost all kinds of shots that are seen in normal cricket
are played in this innovation too.


Tamil Nadu skaters lifted the
first ever national skate ball cricket championship which was held in the city.
Gujarat came in second in the three-day tourney which ended on Sunday evening.
The TN team was declared the winner after it bagged the maximum wins in all the
categories of the championship.



Officials of Rajkot Municipal
Corporation and city political leaders gave away the prizes at the closing
ceremony on Sunday at Bal Bhavan.



A total of 235 players from 11
states had come to participate in this championship which included 65 girls.



Lets hope that we see the same tourneys at an International level soon...!!!

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A really nice innovation and it is good to see kids, especially girls taking up sports, in whatever format the games be played!
Wizardprince on 27 Jul 2010, 01:38 AM