Cricket India Academy Under-14 Premier League, the first pink ball tournament in the Under-14 age category in Mumbai

Cricket India Academy (CIA), the largest network of cricket academies in India successfully conducted the inaugural Under 14 Premier League at cricket stadium of Lodha Palava. With a tremendous response from the local spectators and from the most integral stake holders of the event that are parents, we at CIA could were able to provide a wonderful platform to the gen next of the cricketing culture.

The five teams participating were themed after the mystic birds of the world namely Eagle Warriors, Janki Kites, Palava Hawks, Dani Phoenix and Bright Garud. With a total of 65 participants from all over the city and the suburbs, we were extremely blessed with some of the elite talent in the city for the age group. With dynamic batting displays and the spins that could bamboozle the seasoned batsmen, these kids left nothing to desire for.

After the first league rounds, the leading team of the lot was Bright Garud captained by Nilay Pawar and followed by Janki Kites, Palava Hawks and Dani Phoenix. Out of these four teams, the two teams to qualify for Finals are Bright Garud and Palava Hawks. After losing some early wickets, Bright Garud Vice Captain Sumit Pathak took up the mantle to get this team to 226 in 20 overs with 50 runs coming in 2 max overs. The chase was on with the opening batsmen Sujal Shetty and Jagjeevan Singh Bisht giving them a steady start, but the batting line up collapsed to end up with 205 runs in all 20 overs.

Our event was graced with the presence from our Chief Guest Shri. Suresh Shastri, India’s leading name in the umpiring community and currently on the BCCI’s panel of umpire educators. He felicitated several award winners like Atharva Chivelkar from Palava Hawks for Best Catch, similarly Rugved More from Janki Kites was the best batsman with 327 runs in 5 matches with an average of 65.4 whereas Best bowler was Anuraj Chavan from Palava Hawks with the figures of 13 wickets with 1 hatrick and the best fielder went on to Yogi Golakia from Janki kites.

 It has always been CIA’s aim to provide such initiatives for the grassroots that help develop a unique talent and be a stepping stone to success. We are very keen to work with talented individuals and help them in reaching their dreams and becoming a responsible future citizen of the country.