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RPL 2 gets underway – a cricket league nurturing village talents for world stage

In India, the game of cricket with die-hard cricketers, wears a different face every time. Sometime it’s in form of the likes of Tendulkar and Dhoni grabbing the ICC World Cup, sometimes in form of grooving bodies of attractive cheer leaders at the IPL and sometimes it is the little known confines of our small villages, but every time its amid all hue and cry from everyone who understands the game or who doesn’t.

A group of likeminded souls of the Youngs Club Ratnari, in Ratnari, a small village in Shimla district saw a dream of capitalizing on this cricket frenzy by conducting a cricket tournament for the local talents last year, and today, one year down the line, that idea dubbed the RPL – Ratnari Premier League, stands strong as the biggest cricket league in the district, with its second anniversary tournament underway.

The RPL 2 (April 5 – April 19) being organized by Youngs Club Ratnari at their home ground – Green Park Stadium, Sona Batola, has 60 odd teams participating (despite Rs 2200 team entry) for one goal – Rs 66,000 prize money and a trophy. The motive for all the teams assembled from all parts of the district may be, yes to be the top team in the district, but for the organizers and for the cricketers participating, its more than just that. For them it’s about exposing talents that haven’t been beyond the bounds of the village, and that haven’t known anything but cricket.

The Green Park Stadium may not have the best of facility; the ball used may not be a kookaburra ball (but one made of tattered fabric and lots of nylon thread), the safety equipment for players maybe close to nothing, but the passion and fervor for the game, and team spirit, is something that you need to see to understand.

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5 thoughts on “RPL 2 gets underway – a cricket league nurturing village talents for world stage

  1. Randeep

    we have tried our best to encourage the youth and bring forward the talent of our district.

    Thanks for all your support in covering the event

  2. Aakarshan Chauhan, President, YES

    I congratulate the organisers of the RPL. It is heartening to know that in such a short span of time this tournament has touched unimaginable heights. Ratnadi is an apple rich belt of Kotkhai because of the hard working people of that area and this has been proved yet, once again by the youth of Ratnadi who have taken this tournament to such a level.
    Such kind of tournaments and other sports activities are the need of the hour. To save the youth from the clutches of drugs, due to the lack of sporting facilities and activities young kidsare falling prey to all these unwanted things. RPL is just the right thing and i wish such kind of events are organized more and more. Even the government should come forward and support youth groups like Youngs’ Club Ratnadi. Its commendable for the youngsters to have total prize money of more than one lakh rupees.
    I wish them luck and pray for the success of the tournament not only this time but for the years to come.

  3. omparkash chauhan

    first of all thanks to covering the r.p.l.season 2.loads of thanks to satpal chauhan sanjeev chn. rana subhash thakur randeep thakur ankush chauhan and other active persons who made our dream come true by hosting such a big event.these boys need the support of all the people of ratnari.we also would require a positive support from the h.p. govt.we need agood ground facilities .i would like to thank all teams to participate in this big bash.all the best to them.may the best team win.

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