G Force use summer break to develop squad
Dubai: G Force Cricket Academy, which had emerged as the champions of the Inter Academy cricket tournament organised by the Dubai Cricket Council, utilised the summer break to strengthen the talent in their budding cricketers.
They organised a tour to England and played 15 matches, winning 14 of them and trained under the former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams.
"The tour was a learning curve for the boys. We were delighted when Adams accepted our invitation and flew in from West Indies to coach the boys. For ten days he coached the boys daily for three hours in the morning and afternoon and prepared us for a tournament we participated there," said Gopal Jasapara, the head coach of the academy to Gulf News.
"Four county teams such as Dorset, London Warriors, London Lions and In Touch cricket academy along with a team from Switzerland and East Birkshire and CCM from England played in the event organised by Power Play cricket. We won all the league matches beating even the finalist London Warriors but in the final we lost to them by just three wickets," Jasapara addded.
The tournament's outstanding performers were Varun Totadri, who piled up 147 runs; Kartik Sekhar, who scored 145 runs; and Shorye Chopra with 141 runs. Varun Totadri emerged as the best bowler of the tournament with 15 wickets followed by Ram Narayan with nine wickets.
G Force had won matches abroad when they beat Jain International School, Bengaluru in July this year.
"The Adams camp was very informative as he taught the nuances of playing matches, especially the neglected areas like running between the wickets. By losing a final they also learned how hard one has to fight to keep winning," said Jasapara, who is already preparing the team to retain their Inter Academy title this year.