The West Indian cricketing legend & one of the best captains and leaders the game of cricket has seen, was in Jakarta over the weekend as the guest of honor at the Jakarta Cricket Association’s Gala dinner, held at the Grand Hyatt this Saturday.
Addressing a jam-packed room of cricket enthusiasts, he spoke about the huge potential that he saw for the further growth of the game in Indonesia. “Many of us in the cricketing world are not aware that so many kids play cricket in Indonesia. The ICC must support the further development of the game, through a structured program” said Clive Lloyd.
Earlier he had travelled to the Cibubur Cricket ground to witness the Indonesian boys & girls from across 9 provinces, taking part in the inaugural edition of the Indonesian Cricket league. He spent time talking to the cricketers, their coaches and PCI administrators and came back heartened by the energy & passion he had seen. JCA felicitated the Indonesian Mens & Womens teams for their success at the SEA Games. The Indonesian men’s team also won the JCA T20 tournament capping off a very successful year for Indonesians in cricket.
The Gala dinner also celebrates and rewards the winners of the season gone by. The evening started with William Noronha being awarded the JCA Lifetime Achievement award for his energetic contribution to JCA over the last 15 years.
Agi Saptiazi was awarded for the Best Performing Indonesian player of the season. The Division 2 honors board was led by Keyur Moradia who won the MVP of the League award. The Best bowler award went to Anjaneyulu Katta while Ranjan Shankar won for being the Best Batsman. Challengers CC, who had a fabulous season, claimed the Division 2 winners honor while Emerio CC were runners-up.
Players from Metro Indians swept the Individual awards in Division 1 with Sabu Joy claiming Best Bowler & the prolific Kirubasankar CR taking home both the Best Batsman & MVP trophies. WISCI Wanderers took home the Division 1 winners trophy, their 6th consecutive win. Although Yadavas Senayan CC ended up runners-up in Division 1, they fought back well to claim the Champions Cup for the Season.