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Special cricket tours on anvil

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 20:50 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Trust secretary Sunil Dev has said special overseas cricket tours will be undertaken to support activities for the development of the youth in the sporting arena.Particular effort is also deployed in the enhancement of promoting international understanding between the youth of different countries. The Students' International Exchange Programme, established many years ago, has given the opportunity to the Indian youth to be exposed and to interact with their fraternity on a regular basis, he said.The Exchange Programme of JNST has taken the Indian youth to countries like Britain, South Africa, Mauritius and many enduring relationships have emerged. Over the years, JNST's cricket tours that were for only under - 19, have also helped the participants to expand their horizons by being exposed to the culture, history and traditions of society of different lands, he added.Now, with the extension of the Exchange Programme, special cricket tours are on the anvil.In mid December 2000, a 2-week 9-match cricket tour for under -19 is finalised for Sri Lanka under the auspices of the major Cricket Academy in Colombo, which supports the Sri Lanka Cricket development programme. The JNST tour provides very exciting matches with the upcoming cricketers of Sri Lanka with matches in Colombo and Kandy.Moreover, in 2001, two tours of 21 days duration each to England are being arranged one for under - 22 in mid July, to play a 3-day match against Derbyshire Country Team, a 2-day match with the Durham county team and the M C C. There will be a total of 13 days for cricket and another 5 matches will be shortly arranged. The second tour to England will be taken up in late July for the age group of under - 19.In August 2001, an under - 22 team will leave for Kenya on a 21 days trip to play matches against representative teams of the Kenya Cricket Association in Nairobi, Mombassa and Nukuru.The programme for 2001 will conclude with the 21-day South Africa tour for under - 22. All connected arrangements for drawing up very competitive fixtures are currently being made with the help of the United Cricket Board of South Africa. This tour will be undertaken in October-November 2001, Dev said. UNI

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