Cricket has seen worldwide sequence postponed, the Indian Premier League placed on maintain and the T20 World Cup in Australia thrown into doubt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not solely this however some main native scorching climate tournaments of Delhi additionally confronted the warmth. There was a time, earlier than IPL got here into existence, when tournaments like Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament and All India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament was once contemplate as one of the best platforms for brand spanking new comers to carry out and get an opportunity to play for Delhi and later India.
However, following the rise of the money-wealthy league, such occasions misplaced fame. Still many star gamers contemplate enjoying in these tournaments to nurture their expertise in the event that they fail to get an opportunity within the cricket extarvaganza.
This 12 months when each sport has acquired affected, expectedly native tournaments of Delhi have been additionally placed on maintain. Goswami Gamesh Dutt and Om Nath Sood tournaments are postponed, leaving many younger weapons disenchanted.
Speaking to Mail Today, VP Sareen — co-convener of Goswami Ganesh Dutt Memorial Cricket Tournament — mentioned, “Since the situation in the country is not under control, our tournament committee has decided to postpone the tournament and will try to organise in the same year if things improve.
“Many International, IPL and Ranji Players like Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj, Rishabh Pant and many more participated in our tournament and many domestic cricketers like Lalit Yadav, Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey and knocked the doors of Delhi Ranji team after starring here.”
Om Nath Sood event convener Pramod Sood additionally expressed his disappointment whereas asserting its postponement.
“We used to hold it every year but this time COVID-19 has stalled everything. I just wish everything to sort out soon. We want everybody to be safe.
“Human life is very precious. I got calls from several kids who play in our tournament. They all are sad and we told them to not lose hope, the tournament will take place as and when this pandemic gets over,” he informed the paper. “I had booked the ground in Pitampura but now just sitting at home and waiting for the next order from the government.”
Delhi’s younger cricketer Varun Anand, who performed in each the event, mentioned he makes video of train at dwelling and ship it to his coach. “I am just following the coach’s (Akash Chouhan) advice and send him the video. Nothing major is happening right now. We can’t do practice at home. For a cricketer his age also plays important role. Wasting one year would be a big loss for all of us,” the 17-year-outdated cricketer mentioned.
A contract Delhi coach, Puru Singh mentioned the lockdown is taking load on gamers’ thoughts.
“I speak to the kids and try to motivate them. Nothing much can be done but we doesn’t want our young boys and girls to feel sad.
“There will be consequences because of this long break from cricket, like players who are aged 19 will not be able to participate in Under-19 category next year. Their year got wasted,” he mentioned.