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CAG lauds BCCI for spreading the game

Kulwant Singh says BCCI’s efforts must be appreciated in developing cricket culture in corporate houses
CAG lauds BCCI for spreading the game

CAG beat Chemplast in a thrilling match to lift the BCCI Corporate Trophy for the first time on Saturday. Kulwant Singh, Director Personnel of CAG spoke to bcci.tv about the significance of the tournament in encouraging players and spreading the game.

He also discussed CAG’s role in cultivating a cricket culture and supporting sportsmen.

Excerpts from the interview:

On the BCCI Corporate Trophy

I think it is important. Tournaments like this help promote sports in the corporate world. It also helps give recruitment to young and able sportspersons. The sportspeople take a risk when they choose sports as a profession and it may or may not click. Cricket in corporate world helps in giving them the stability.

The other important thing is that it brings a lot of camaraderie in the corporate world. We get to know so many organisations through sports. We play other tournaments also but this is, perhaps, one of the best tournaments we have seen. It is well organised. Facilities provided by the BCCI and the state associations are of international standards.

On CAG’s performance

Outstanding! The boys were simply outstanding and the way they are playing now and the way they have played earlier is also truly remarkable. We have played three editions of BCCI Corporate Trophy and in all three we have been in semi-finals.

On the preparation leading up to the tournament

We have recruited sportspersons in various disciplines including cricket. After their initial recruitment we called them to Delhi where we had our camps. We have two brilliant coaches in Mr Raju Sharma and Mr Kalpesh Patliwala. The players have been playing cricket through the season in Ranji trophy so that helped us in fine tuning them quickly and preparing them for the tournament.

On the cricket culture in corporate houses

I think the steps Prof. Ratnakar Shetty has taken by introducing this trophy is brilliant. At the moment, cricket in corporate world is coming of age. We now have 16 teams participating in the tournament. In addition to that they give a lot of support and encouragement to the cricketers. And cricketers also get a sense of satisfaction in terms of security that back home the corporate world is going to take care of them.


We have recruited more than 650 cricketers and in total around 2000 plus sportspersons from various disciplines. We are focused on making the best of BCCI’s initiatives in spreading the game and providing more opportunities to the cricketers.  

Prajakta Pawar

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Chemplast praises BCCI’s initiative in corporate cricket

Bharat Reddy says steps like this help bring stability for cricketers
Chemplast praises BCCI’s initiative in corporate cricket

Chemplast have emerged as one of the most consistent teams in the BCCI Corporate Trophy. They had won the title in 2012-13 and were involved in a thrilling final against CAG this season. During the clash for the title at the Wankhede Stadium, Bharat Reddy, Vice President of Operations, Chemplast, spoke to bcci.tv about the significance of the tournament in the corporate world.

While appreciating his team’s efforts, Reddy also lauded BCCI’s initiative of creating yet another platform for cricketers across the country to display their skills.

Excerpts from the brief interview:

On Chemplast’s performance in the Corporate Trophy

We have had some injuries last year and this year we have done quite well for ourselves. Reaching the final of the tournament is a testimony to the fact that we have been consistent and have been performing well.

On the team’s performance in the 2013-14 season

We have performed well and our players have done well in all departments – bowling, batting and fielding. We have won all the matches in the league stage. In the last game we came back from behind and won.

On the BCCI Corporate Trophy

It is a good tournament because a lot of boys get employment throughout India. I think it is necessary that we have this tournament so that the future of players is safe and secure.

On preparation ahead of the tournament

We started the preparations around September. Since the tournament was held at the end of Ranji Trophy the players were in good shape and rhythm.

On playing the final at the Wankhede Stadium

It is a good thing that they are playing at the Wankhede Stadium. There are many players who are playing for the first time at the Wankhede. The ground and the wickets here are of international standards. 

Prajakta Pawar

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