A bunch of middle-aged males are making waves in Manchester, and so they’re all Indian. Meet the Trafford Metrovics third XI, a cricket crew that’s punching massive within the Cheshire County League in north west England.
The 21-member squad is kind of a staggering combine, comprising eight docs, 10 IT professionals, one civil engineer, one accountant and a music fanatic. They positive have the endurance, drive, basis, numbers and are on music.
Oh wait! Amongst these are 12 Telugu gamers, from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur and different areas. Superior.
They’re at the moment sitting atop the 15-team West Division desk, having gained all three of their matches to this point of their debut season.
“We are kind of making a lot of news here. This is stemming from the fact that we still want to play… most of us are around 40 years old,” beams player-manager Chanukya Rajagopala.
Fittingly, they play 40-overs-a-side matches on Sundays which might be effectively attended. “Our wives and kids come along to cheer us and it’s like a holiday for them. It more fun for them whilst we are playing serious cricket. With the families involved, we have become a social group as well,” Chanukya chuckles.
Nonetheless, “it’s difficult to pick the playing XI. The leadership group sits down, analyses the opposition and discusses strategy — otherwise we just can’t compete with teenagers steaming in and bowling you see,” he laughs.
It began in 2018 when Chanukya, together with captain Kalyan Chukkapalli, co-founded the Trafford Royals, which later grew to become Royals.
“Manchester is rising when it comes to Asian inhabitants — Indians, Pakistanis and those from Afghanistan, who’re all cricket mad. Within the final 5 – 6 years there was plenty of unorganised cricket occurring — loopy guidelines and tennis ball.
We performed that for a year-and-a-half and began form of getting frurstrated,” informs Chanukya, who organises live shows by Indian artistes and runs a music faculty too.
“Many people have performed some type of cricket at college or faculty and had been dying to play correct cricket, a sport that was a part of our evolution again in India and one we hadn’t performed for lengthy.
We considered establishing a membership, contemplated buying some ailing one by chipping in cash.
We then obtained three pleasant matches with the Trafford Metrovics, the chairman of which requested us if we’d be concerned with becoming a member of them because the third crew after he got here to know of our plans to have our personal membership.
When it comes to time scales, costing and all the pieces, it was less expensive to affix an current membership.
“And the club have assured us that at no point will they ask us to take any other players. But we don’t want to be seen as discriminatory against anyone else and provide a level playing field. However, we will promote this among our community and push them to come and practice, train and be eligible for qualification,” Chanukya says.
The crew has plans to “set up a conveyor belt to train youngsters as an academy and give a slight advantage to Indian youngsters.”
Solution to go.
The crew: Kalyan Chukkapalli (captain), Chanukya Rajagopala, Dr Aravind Komuravelli, Dr Brahma Peram, Dr Chetan Upadhyaya Belle, Dr Kiran Chandra, Dr Kishan Sharma, Dr Mahesh D Kumar, Dr Nishan Bhandary, Dr Shashi Chandra-shekaraiah, Malleswara Reddy, Naveen Kumar Alwala, Parvez Mirza, Pradeep Sathyanarayan, Praveen Pattisapu, Praveen Tyagi, Ramakrishna Maddi, Shailesh Kumar, Shivaji Rao Janasalay, Sreeshylam Pogaku and Vara Vantapati.