Mumbai~~s maidan cricket in black and white

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: 'Shapoorji Sokajee' India's first English cricket play, penned by a veteran cricket writer Pradeep Vijayakar was launched here on Tuesday .

The play captures the spirit of Mumbai's maidan cricket  Dr H D Kanga Cricket League through the protoganists 'Shapoorji', a senior cricketer representing 'Parsee Cyclist' and Sokajee, a veteran 'Prabhu Jolly Young' cricketer.

Published and printed by Print House India and distributed by Marine Sports, the play in three acts is a first effort by cricket writer Pradeep Vijayakar.

In his foreword, Sunil Gavaskar writes: ''When I read the play memories of maidan cricket flooded back. I hope there is a sequel on the famous Roses rivalry of Mumbai cricket - Shivaji Park and Dadar Union.''

Former Somerset batsman and well-known writer Peter Roebuck writes: ''Pradeep Vijayakar has sought to capture the flavour of this era in his play. In fact, he has surpassed his own ambitions by conveying its essence. Of course his play is not just about cricket. It is also about a period and a country and so is as much an historic reflection as a study of cricket and character.''

Partap Sharma, playwright, says: ''In his first attempt at writing a play Pradeep Vijayakar has got right all the classical unities, which are the rules for drama as stated by Aristotle - action, place and time.''

In 50's Mama Warerkar penned a Marathi cricket play based on the life of Palwankar brothers (Baloo and Vithal- the first of Dalit players to play for The Hindus in Bombay Pentangular). 


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