It won’t be an overstatement to say that for India’s youth – who, as per the latest Census data, constitute more than 41 per cent of the country’s population – cricket is the first love. Three years ago, understanding the power of cricket as a unifying game, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) joined hands with Tunda Sports club to start Akhil Gujarat Night Cricket Tournament in Tunda Village in the Tunda Sports Ground (constructed by CGPL). Currently in its third edition, the main objective behind this endeavor is to maximize the engagement with the youth and promote the culture of sports in the region. Over the years, this tournament has successfully created a sense of team building and a spirit to work collectively. Another purpose of this tournament is to instill the value of collective development among youth.
The tournament was inaugurated on May 22 in the presence of local leaders from Tunda, Vandh, Mota Kandagra and from other villages along with officials from CGPL and Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT). In 2014 which was the first Year of the tournament, Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar had graced the occasion followed Mr. Parthiv Patel who came as the chief guest in the 2015 edition.
This year 94 teams from different villages of Kutch and other locations of Gujarat had participated in the tournament. On an average, 3-4 matches were played on a daily basis till June 16. On June 18 the mega final was played at Tunda Sports Ground. The event was graced by Mr. Irfan Khan Pathan, Sh. Tarachandbhai Chheda (Hon’ble MoS Cottage Industry, Salt Industry and Cow Breeding, GoG), Sh. Vinodbhai Chavda (MP, Kutch), Mr. Makrand Chauhan (Superintendent of Police – West Kutch) , other higher government officials along with ED & CEO CGPL.
Mr Pathan interacted with the players and encouraged them to take special interest in sports so that more players can represent India in coming days from Gujarat.