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Four women cricketers and two guest players from Meghalaya have been selected to embark on a tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from December 19, 2020.
The players include Daiaka Emigale Warjri, Debasmita Dutta, Neha Hajong and Deiphibapynshngain L. Mawnai along with Saee Kiran Purandare and Vandana Mahajan, who represented the Meghalaya Cricket Association (MCA) as guest players.
During the 10-day tour, the players would be coached by Saranya RS, a national cricket academy coach for the team ‘Pathbreakers’, sponsored by Play True, a Thiruvananthapuram-based firm, in association with G-Force Academy - one of the oldest cricket academies in the UAE.
Debasmita, a resident of Rynjah, and an MBA Graduate said, “I am feeling great to get such a wonderful opportunity. We were surprised since we know that it has been only two years since our state team has been taking part in BCCI tournaments. Having been selected for this extensive tour is a big thing for me and my teammates.”
Meanwhile, Daiaka, a resident of Mairang and a 2nd-semester student at Synod College, thanked her coach and the MCA for the golden opportunity.
“It is the greatest blessing for me to be in this journey, as cricket is not just a game, it’s something I’m passionate about. Cricket is not as popular as football or any other sport, and I want to set an example for others in my community,” Daiaka said.
“I am elated on being selected,” said Neha, a B. Com student at St. Anthony’s College.
“I wish to thank my mentors P. J Lamare and L. Wankhar for grooming me,” chimed in Deiphi, who is also a student at Shillong College and a resident of Mairang.
An official MCA press release stated, “The MCA is proud of the girls who are currently in the state team for making it big. This way it would popularise the game of cricket in the remote places of the state and more girls would come out to play cricket, which promises their bright future.”
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)