Happy New Year to everyone and what better way to start the new year by writing few thoughts related to my favorite sport – cricket.
My 6 year old son is a cricket lover – plays, watches and talks about cricket a lot. We were watching Big Bash League match few days back and he asked me about the teams and players. I told him it’s the Australian IPL and he straight away asked what are the cities and their team names? It was such an easy connect for him since he follows Indian Premier League IPL big time and knows quite a bit about team names, captains and players involved. He remembered and said that the Kabaddi matches also are like this only. He could relate there too and remembered we had gone to see the finals of first year where Jaipur Pink Panthers had defeated Mumbai team UMumba.
It is been 6 months since Pratham joined JBCN International school at their Parel branch in Mumbai and till now it has been a very satisfying and eventful journey. The good part about the school is their positive intention to involve parents in every aspect of schooling – classes, food, bus services, etc .Various activities involving kids, parents & teachers have been organised and JPPL is one of them.
JPPL – JBCN Parents Premier League is a cricket tournament hosted and organised by JBCN International School every year for the fathers of children studying in their school. To start the league there is a auction of Icon players and Value players. The format is simple – 12 teams divided in 4 groups and top 2 teams in each group qualify for playoffs where they play quarters, semis & finals. The league round is played with tennis balls in 8-8 over format on the big terrace of the school building and the quarters, semis and finals are played in 10-10 over format with proper season ball at iLand ground in Wadala.
JPPL this year –
The league stage was played on 21-22 November 2014, where we entered as the new team – KINGS ( fathers of students from Nursery ). Our aggressive and responsible captain Dhaval Shah made lot of efforts of getting the players, kit, team gear, practices, etc in place. I have always believed that Cricket is one the of the best ice breakers for any set of people, our case was no different. We all got along very well and this started a new friendship which I’m sure will go a long way.