Al Dhaid: It was an inspiring moment for the budding cricketers training at the Desert Cubs Cricket Academy. Three former Sri Lankan Test stars inspired them by visiting the Desert Cubs Cricket Academy (DCCA) and providing them with valuable tips.
Arjuna Ranatunga, the captain who led Sri Lanka to a historic victory in the World Cup, Siddath Wettimuny and Rumesh Ratnayake mixed freely with the players during their brief visit.
The DCCA has been grooming youngsters under the watchful eyes of qualified coaches led by their head coach Presley Polonnowita. The academy organised a cricket carnival at the beautiful Al Dhaid Cricket Village. Though it drizzled a bit during the carnival, it did not dampen the spirits of the youngsters.
Players below the age of 10 were divided into four teams and they played competitive cricket. After their matches an event for Under-11 players was also organised.
The afternoon session also saw DCCA blacks and DCCA reds comprising senior boys playing against each other in a 15-over contest. The match was played with great intensity as both teams were well balanced.
DCCA blacks won the junior category contest while DCCA red team won in the seniors' event through a nail-biting finish. Since parents of the cricketers had attended the carnival too, a match between the seniors and their fathers was also organised.
Fathers of some of the boys, who were good cricketers in the past, showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Trophies were distributed to the winners by the chief guest Mazhar Khan, Administrative Officer of Emirates Cricket Board.