Cricket Festival heads to Isles after Dar onslaught

INDIA High Commissioner to Tanzania has lauded the Tanzania Veterans Cricketers’ Reunion and Patel Brotherhood Patel Samaj (PBPS) for a beautiful initiative in the organising the Cricket Festival.

The festival kicked off on Friday in Dar es Salaam and winds up today before the old guards head to Zanzibar for the similar festival from October 28th to 30th   this year.

Addressing on behalf of India’s High Commissioner to Tanzania during Friday’s reception, Verma said  it is a beautiful event staged in Tanzania when cricket veterans from around the globe camped in the country.

The High Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the host Tanzania Cricket Association in setting the stage for the promotion and development of cricket.

“On behalf of the High Commissioner who wanted to be with you but is in India, I’m feeling honoured to be among Tanzanian cricket legends, leaders, coaches and players including the first Tanzania woman to play cricket Eunice Moyo.

“I congratulate Patel Brotherhood & Patel Samaj for origanising this historic enterprise; it is a wonderful initiative to celebrate the game of cricket that is lauded and honoured globally,” he added.

“I do know in my country cricket is the most popular sport played by youths and people of all ages. So, I see playing sports like cricket not only heading to the age of style and discipline but also promoting team spirit and reunion.

He promised the High Commissioner to chip in and do something to support the development of the game.

“In 2019 Government of India sponsored two young Tanzanian cricketers to attend the commonwealth youth coaching camp for under-16 players. We will try to create more opportunities for talented cricketers,” he added.

Chief coordinator Dinesh Vaishnav thanked the chief guest for honouring them at it brought together 39 Tanzanian legends living overseas to join their old friends.

He also extended his thanks to the main sponsor Commercial & Agricultural House M/s Exporters Trading Group ( ETG) who has come out in support of the Festival.

“ETG made has made a significant contribution to ensuring the success of the event,” he added.

The well-known legends living in Tanzania were present at the event. Dignitaries from social circles also attended to meet old friends from the cricket fraternity.

Organisers PBPS Chairman Ramesh Patel, Kanu Rathod visiting group’s leader, and the representative of the main sponsor Niladri Chaudhri also expressed their feeling about the unique event.

They all applauded the presence of the eldest of the delegates cricket star of Tanzania Ramesh Patel. His presence was an inspiration to all in for the event.

Former national cricket stars like Hitesh Patadia, Taher Amijee, Shabbir Guaderbhai, and Pranlal Divecha expressed deep gratitude for arranging this great event.

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