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Rajasthan Royals partners South Aussie govt for junior cricketers

MUMBAI: IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals today announced its association with the South Australian Government in an exclusive cricketing endeavour that will give 15 young Indian cricketers an opportunity to travel to Adelaide, Australia to experience South Australia’s world-class cricket facilities as part of Adelaide’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 programme.

Rajasthan Royals will use its expertise to select 15 young cricketers who will make up the Dream Team 15.

Youngsters born between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 1999 will qualify to enter the competition for a chance to be selected. The programme will reach out to students from schools in different parts of the country while the selection trials will be held in Delhi and Mumbai in late October/early November 2014.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who is on an official visit to India, today announced that members of the Dream Team 15 will receive training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association and will play matches against teams of South Australian school boys of the same age.

Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghu Iyer said, “As a team, Royals have identified, nurtured and given playing opportunities to many of India’s top young cricketers. Therefore, it is a privilege for Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australia in a unique endeavour that will help Indian school children receive fine training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association. We thank the South Australian Premier, The Hon’ble Jay Weatherill for taking forward such a commendable undertaking.”

Unmukt Chand was also present from Rajasthan Royals. “I consider myself fortunate to be part of the wonderful Rajasthan Royals family. I use the word family because that’s exactly what we are like when we come together in the form of a team made up of the game’s finest experienced cricketers, fantastic management and young cricketers like me. I am sure an exciting endeavour such as this will go a long way in inspiring young players to take up the sport professionally and one day, play for the country,” he said.
Weatherill said, “Our objective with this programme is to harness the passion that Indians have for the game and provide an opportunity to good cricketers who have the skills and love for cricket, but have not enrolled in a formal training programme.”

The Adelaide Oval will host what is considered one of the biggest matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 when defending champions India take on Pakistan on 15 February 2015. The members of the Dream Team 15 will be watching the event which is expected to be a thriller of a match and leave an aspirational imprint on them.