World Wide Talent, in association with Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy (DLCA) Australia, has announced Pratibhashali 2017, a nation-wide hunt for cricket talent for a RISING STAR (age 12–17 years) and ROOKIE (age 18–25 years) under the guidance of Maninder Singh, former Indian cricketer and Darren Lehmann, former Australian cricketer.
Pratibhashali is an initiative to promote grassroots cricket and identify promising cricketing talent in the form of best bowler and best batsman in each category. The trials will involve around 70 days of cricketing action spread across five states (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi) and 18 cities under the aegis of the respective State Cricket Associations.
The event kicks off from May 28, 2017. The 70-day trial will be conducted under the supervision of cricketing experts and former Indian cricket players. The entire program will be mentored by former cricketer Maninder Singh and the finals will be held on 28, 29, and 30 July, 2017. Forty-four successful individuals will be selected during the trials for finals in both the categories. Twenty-two best players will be selected further for the Grand Finale event. Two most talented players will be announced after the finals in the Rising Star and Rookie categories.
The teams and players that will be performing stand a chance to win prizes at each stage. The finals will be awarded with Car for Best Batsman and Bowler in the Rookie category and a sponsored training trip to DLCA Australia under the Rising Star category. The best coach and players in each format during trials will be presented with mobile phones, motor cycle, sports wrist watches, and cricket kitbags.
Vishal Uppal, Chairman, World Wide Talent, said, “Our purpose of getting into nation-wide cricket hunt is two-fold. On one hand, it helps identify and promote young talent and gives them a well-charted path to make it big in sports; on the other hand, it helps us get young children out into sports arenas and grounds. This initiative is unique in the sense that other than cricket itself, this also has components of coaching and exposure for youngsters to international cricket programs. We are confident that this tournament will emerge as a very powerful youth mobilization program.”
Maninder Singh, former Indian cricketer, added, “With India’s vast population and geographical spread, it is not easy for talented players to find the right platform and emerge into the spotlight. Pratibhashali 2017 aspires to be that platform for every deserving cricketer so that great talent never goes unrecognized. These worthy initiatives enrich the broader community and naturally develop individual ambition. Also, DLCA’s association with this initiative underlines our commitment towards the development of cricket as we endeavour to unearth the best talent in the country and further enhance the skill sets of young players.”
The initiative is also supported by Paralympics Committee of India and the finals will be telecast on DD Sports.