Foreigners Jet In For Prestigious Ghanshyam TEN10 Cricket Tournament

The 2023 Kenya U19 national cricket team/ PHOTO/ ICC

NAIROBI, Kenya- High profile foreign players are expected to jet into the country next week for the lucrative and inaugural Ghanshyam TEN10 Cricket Tournament to be staged at the Cutchi Leva Grounds in Nairobi West between June 8 -22, 2024.

Some of the renowned world beaters who have confirmed their participation are Wayne Parnell, Janneman Malan, and Richard Levi from South Africa, as well as Ryan Burl and Sean Williams representing Zimbabwe.

Additionally, players like Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Shahzad from Afghanistan, and Naman Ojha from India are all set to grace the fields in the impressive showdown, adding further excitement into the mix.

Also drafted into the eight-franchised tournament are eight players from Saurashtra Cricket Club in India.

Levi’s return to the scene after his appearance in the 2022 Swaminarayan Pro20 tournament at the same venue is particularly anticipated, evoking fond memories among his enthusiastic cricket fans.

The 2023 Kenya U19 national cricket team captai Vishil Patel/ PHOTO/ ICC

The two-week cricket extravaganza, organized by the East Africa Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, is gearing up to spotlight the talents of both local heroes and international cricket stars.

Apart from the experienced local players in the mix, upcoming youngsters like Stian Smith, Neil Doshi, and Yash Gohil have been drafted into the tournament franchises.

There is no doubt the upcoming players, currently featuring for the Kenya U19 national team, will gain a lot of exposure from the tournament as they try to make a name for themselves in the showpiece.

 “It’s good to see the organizers giving a chance to some young players. Playing in such an event is a big platform as far as exposure is concerned, and the youngsters drafted will benefit,” veteran youth coach David Asiji underlined.

Local players set to captain the franchises include established figures like Collins Obuya (Mombasa Cement Giants), Dhiren Gondaria (Masai Warriors), Lucas Oluoch (Mahadev Strikers), Sachin Bhudia (Hari Om), Nelson Odhiambo (Ndovu Crushers) Rushabh Patel (Ghanshyam Mavericks), Rakep Patel (Ayodhya Warriors) and Sukhdeep Singh (Fearless Fighters).

The 2023 Kenya U19 national cricket team captai Vishil Patel (left) wth his Nigerian counterpart in a past action/ PHOTO/ ICC

“The tournament is already generating a buzz of excitement among local cricket fans. As Mombasa Cement Giants, we are out to lift the trophy,” stated Obuya who recently retired from international cricket.

Seasoned cricket mentors including national team head coach Joseph Angara (Hari Om) and Peter Ongondo (Fearless Fighters) are among some of the local tacticians who are coaching the sides.

Others are Lamech Onyango (Mombasa Cement Giants), Veer Dave (Masai Warriors), Josephat Irungu (Mahadev Strikers), Jimmy Kamande (Ndovu Crushers), Martin Suji (Ghanshyam Mavericks) and David Asiji (Ayodhya Warriors).

Each of the eight sides is having its own unique blend of talent and strategy that is promising an intense battle royale at the Cutchi Leva Grounds next week.

From the Mombasa Cement Giants to the Ndovu Crushers, each team is poised to leave its mark on the tournament, backed by the leadership of these cricketing stalwarts.

Participating captains and their sides

1.Collins Obuya (Mombasa Cement Giants)

2.Dhiren Gondaria (Masai Warriors)

3.Lucas Oluoch (Mahadev Strikers)

4.Sachin Bhudia (Hari Om)

5.Nelson Odhiambo (Ndovu Crushers)

6.Rushabh Patel (Ghanshyam Mavericks)

7.Rakep Patel (Ayodhya Warriors)

8.Sukhdeep Singh (Fearless Fighters)

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