All work and no play is the rule for them most of the times but for once, the legal eagles of the country will swap their unmistakable black coat with white flannells as they undertake a cricket tour which will see them playing three matches each in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados and on their return, the Indian Advocates' Cricket Association (IACA) team will also take part in the Devil's Cup tournament in London.
Talking to UNI here today, IACA President R Santhana Krishnan said, ''Cricket for friendship is our motto but that doesn't mean we are taking it lightly. We will be competitive in the West Indies and would try to better our record in Devil's Cup. Last time, we were runners up there and this time we won't settle for anything less than the title.'' And the team, with a Mumbai Ranji probable and a Delhi league cricketer in the ranks, is no pushover, he said.
''Ved Prakash Singh has played league cricket in Delhi and will spearhead the attack. Hrishikesh Shende, who almost made it to the playing XI in the Mumbai Ranji team, is our batting mainstay,'' he added.
Established in 1989, IACA conducts an annual tournament and Mr Krishnan asserted the interaction among lawyers from different parts of the country paves the way for nationalism.
''And touring countries have been an enriching experience as well.
Apart from playing matches in Port of Spain, we'll be part of the 'Indians Arrival Day' celebrations there on May 30, which is observed with much enthusiasm in Trinidad and Tobago.'' ''In Barbadose, a six-set volume of 'Framing of India's Constitution' will be handed over to the Barbados Bar Association.
In London, apart from playing the six-a-side tournament, we will be meeting the Law Society of England and Wales members,'' he added.
The team will also be present at the Port of Spain to cheer Rahul Dravid's men in the fourth One-dayer against Brian Lara's team on May 27.
L Nageswara Rao, former Additional Solicitor General, will lead the 21-member team, which has Vijay T Tulpule as its manager-cum-coach, while Deepak Thakre has been named captain of the side.
Team: L Nageswara Rao, Vijay T Tulpule, Deepak Thakre, Hrishikesh Anant Shende, Prashant Prabhu, P Suresh Kumar, K Suryanarayana, P Raja Sripathirao, Joka Vijay Kumar, Vijay Kumar Singh, Durgesh Kumar Singh, Devajit Saikia,Vivek Reddy, Gopala Krishna, Kempe Gowda, Girija Shankar Mishra, Soumendra Pattnaik, Ved Prakash Singh, Parveen Dabas, G Ramkrishna Prasad and R Santhana Krishnan.