Will International Cricket Get Next Imran Tahir From West Bengal?

Pritam Hela, a 12-year-old child and a huge fan of South African leg spinner Imran Tahir wants to make it big in Cricket. A budding leg spinner from Howrah district of West Bengal. Pritam is 8th class student who is dreaming big and to make it to the International cricket he has started his cricket journey with SSPF Schools India Cup.

In the cluster level tournament, he has played 3 matches from his school team. In these matches Pritam has taken 7 crucial wickets and won 2 Man of The Match titles. It’s due to his performance that his school Andhra Association School is on the top of the point table with clear victory in every match. His father Rajendra Hela is a Govt. officer and mother Sharmila Hela is a housewife.

As we all know Bengal’s first love is football, which is why Pritam’s father always wanted him to play football. But Pritam preferred cricket ball instead of football. At the age of 8 he started taking cricket coaching from his coach Bidyut Mukherjee’s cricket academy Jagacha Thana Zonal Sports Association, Howrah. The credit to explore his potential as a leg spinner goes to Mr. Mukherjee. According to him- “when Pritam came to him he use to bowl pace while he can turn his wrist well. His wrist action was ideal for a natural leg spinner. So I told him to change from pace bowling to spin and he is now working hard for it.”

To fulfill his dream to be a successful cricketer Pritam doesn’t hesitate to make an extra effort to attend school and then back to back coaching from school.  He even gets up early in the morning on his holidays on Saturdays and Sundays and goes for coaching by 6.30 am.

12 is such an age where you are at the stage of leaving your childhood and about to hold hands of your teens. At this agelittle Bengal champ aiming high for his passion of life which is now cricket for him. We wish him all the luck for his future so he achieves all the goals he wants to.

Cluster Level Cricket Tournament Will Kick Start From 19th July 2017 In Lakhimpur

 

19th June 2017 is the day when Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh will witness one of the most exciting cricket matches under Schools India Cup 2017. It is the 10th district from the state where SSPF will conduct its cluster level matches of Schools India Cup 2017. The matches will kick start from 19th June and first cluster will get over by 21st of June 2017.
In this cluster 4 schools are participating-:
• Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College
• Swami Shyam Prakash Inter College
• St. Don Bosco College
• Paul International School
Uttar Pradesh: The Hub Of Cricket
Being the largest state of India, many big sports personalities have come from this state. In Cricket this state has produced few of the most popular all- rounders like Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. When it comes to the Indian pace attack, we have R P Singh and Praveen Kumar. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the budding cricketers who are participating in Schools India Cup.
This season, two schools are new entries whereas St. Don Bosco College and Paul International School are associated with SSPF since its first year. In Cricket, Uttar Pradesh is the state where highest number of districts have been played under Schools India Cup 2017 till date.
When it comes to pan India reach, SSPF has large number of schools playing under Schools India Cup. Just to mention the versatility if we talk about Cricket, 5 states and 9 districts have taken part in the cluster level tournament so far. In these districts, 109 matches have been completed.
One can imagine the outreach of such grass roots program that under these 506 matches more than 1,500 children have taken part. These figures are only for one sport i.e. Cricket but apart from this Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Athletics are also under SSPF this year.
So let’s celebrate the sporty spirit of Schools India Cup and wish all players registered under SSPF best of luck for the tournament. Now our all eyes and wishes are with Lakhimpur schools who will be in face off with one another from 19th June.

“Keep Calm and Play Schools India Cup 2017”- Surinder Khanna

I am 60 years of age but I still eat, sleep and think cricket. At this age also I have the same passion for the game like any other young player.  And after seeing so many future cricketers playing under one roof of Schools India Cup, I am overwhelmed. It is my second season as Secretary, SSPF National Cricket Council and it is an amazing experience to see budding talent from all over the country.

This season so far we have covered 5 states at the cluster level. I must admit that we have seen some brilliant talent like Aryan Sidharth Pawar- the run machine of Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar scored this double ton against S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School. I just gone through the scoresheet and was so excited to see such talent who has 12 sixes and 24 fours which is equivalent to 168 runs just from boundaries. He can do wonders if given the right guidance and coaching.

Oh! How can I forget about Ram! He is the Indian cricket sensation and you can also call him Dhoni’s predecessor. Ram Raushan Sharan from Jawahar Vidya Mandir school, Shayamali. He not only scored 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, Kanke.  He also took 2 vital wickets in that match which proves that he is an excellent all-rounder in making.

In our first season, I have seen such immense talent in the young generation. I still remember the days of our National camp held in Dehradun’s leading school SelaQui International School. It was a 10 days’ camp and I was the head coach. I must say that I learnt a lot from Gen X. I met Sanchit Pasricha from Delhi who is a Chinaman bowler, K SARVAN KUMAR who came all the way from Telangana to attend the camp. I have shared all my expertise and techniques of the sport with these children and observed that given a right opportunities and guidance they can do wonders.

This season we will find more and more talent and as per our mission to give these young players a proper guidance we will soon come up with a center of excellence. It will be one special school where all selected players from this season and previous season will get admission and the expense of their study will be taken care by SSPF. They will get the best of coaching to excel in their favorite sport.

So I just want to wish all the superstar players of tomorrow to play with passion, practice with honesty, believe in yourself and sky will be the limit for you.

Best of luck, CHAMPIONS! J

Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shamali Is On A Row To Produce Another Dhoni !!!

Ram Raushan Sharan, 9th class student of  Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali made 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, kanke.  Just the same talent from the same school at almost same age.

Yes!!! You guessed it right; we are talking about the former captain cool of team India M. S. Dhoni aka Mahi. The boy from JVM School who changed the history of Indian cricket.

Though it is very early to predict but SSPF is so excited to have Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali registered and playing with us. The same school which has a proud past of producing players like Dhoni.

In his innings, Ram Raushan has scored 18 fours and 7 sky- high sixes. Out of 143 runs he made 114 runs just from boundaries. That’s not all where he stoped. He also took one of the most vital catches of Iftikhar Alam and one wicket of Tanishq Paul L from the opponent team.

In the Ranchi district, 5 clusters with 20 schools have taken part in SSPF Schools India Cup 2017. Jharkhand has produced many sports person who has brought glory to the nation. SSPF also hope to have that privilege that future sports star from this state will play for SSPF in his growing years.

Little Wonder Boy Of Cricket From Haridwar Strikes A Double Century

213 runs in just 76 balls. It is not a score of any National or International player, it is an amazing mark achieved by a 14 year school boy playing under SSPF School India Cup’s cluster level cricket tournament.

Aryan Sidharth Panwar of Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar scored this double ton against S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School. In his innings, Aryan hit 12 sixes and 24 fours that means out of his total of 213 runs, 168 runs were scored by boundaries and only 45 runs were made by running between the wickets.

With the help of excellent 213 runs inning of Aryan, his team Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar was able to set a target of 356 runs and able to beat S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School by a huge margin of 200 runs.

Aryan is an all- rounder, this right handed batsman not only piled up so many runs against the opponent team but also has taken two wickets of Akash Kumar and Aditya Singh of S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School team. He bowled both the batsman to contribute in his team’s victory.

Aryan is the son of a BSF Jawan Mr. Subhash Panwar and his mother Savita Panwar is a Govt. school teacher in Haridwar. Apart from his studies, Aryan is setting a bench mark for every young cricketer by showcasing such brilliant talent on field.

SSPF Announces India’s Largest Grassroots School Tournament Schools India Cup 2017: Om Pathak

April 23, 2017: SSPF today announces India’s largest grassroots school sports tournament SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017 in 5 different sports. In its 2nd season SSPF is all set to go ahead with three new sports i.e. Volleyball, Basketball, Athletics along with Cricket and Football. This is for the first time that a sports competition or tournament is being organized on a national level.

As compared to the 1st season the number of schools participating this year is almost double which is near 4 thousand schools from different states and districts of the country.  To encourage such participation of schools and children SSPF came up with a National tournament of every sport under its National Talent Search and Nurture Program.

“We are committed to serve the nation and sports is one of the medium where we need to emphasis so that we can bring glory to the country on International sports arena.” Said SSPF chairman Om Pathak. “We are proud to announce a nationwide sports tournament Schools India Cup to be played in 5 different sports under SSPF.” He said.

Former India Football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia is excited with this program-” It is a kind of program which is designed to give exposure to the real talent at grassroots at the right time and in right manner.” He said

In a very short span of one year, SSPF has expanded individual sports and received the honor of National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Now, Schools India Cup is the largest tournament across the country which will further add integrity to this program by opening avenues of opportunities of recognition to the participating school children in education and career

Former Indian Footballer Renedy Singh who is associated with SSPF as a secretary of SSPF National Football Council said “conducting such kind to structured sports tournament across the country will further strengthen the commitment of SSPF to produce more young talents who will represent India on International platform”.

The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in two phases this year- January & April 2017. In the first phase districts which have completed 8 or more school teams have played. Rest of the districts will play in the second phase of the tournament will start by the end of the April 2017 in all the above mentioned 5 sports.

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni
10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our country’s shining star. Hailing from a small town Ranchi of Bihar, Dhoni as famously known as has made some cool statement both in the field and off the field. He still continues to win our hearts, doing simple things like staying humble and honest, even after being the cool captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

Debuted in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first test a year later against Sri Lanka, Dhoni is regarded as the attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. Be it Tests, ODIs or IPL matches, he has never disheartened his fans. After taking over the captaincy from a great player Rahul Dravid, India won 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Dhoni is a name, every kid, teenager, uncles, and aunties even the grandparents know in the country. When he walks in the playing field, the loud cheer from the crowd tells what is his fan following like. Considered to be a role model to young players, Team SSPF has listed top 10 things NTSN players learn from M.S.Dhoni.

Read to know more.

  1. Dream big

Coming from a middle-class family, he too had his own aspiration and dreams of aiming high in life. When he got a job in the railways, he continued to dream big and continued to strive his best to make his way to his passion – Cricket. Dreaming big with passion led him finally to be India’s greatest cricket Captain.

  1. Listen to your heart

He always believed one thing – to see your dream come true, always listen to your heart. He never said no to what his peer had to say to him. He wanted to follow his passion and make a sure shot in it, he did what his heart told him to do.

  1. Stay humble

Dhoni never let his ego of being a star in the field and otherwise get in his humanity. He always stayed humble throughout his life. Captain Cool never stopped from learning people around him, and always offered gratitude for life’s offerings with his whole heart.

  1. Learn from obstacles

The major learning from Dhoni is when the team was playing against Punjab, India’s star Yuvraj Singh scored high innings over 300 runs more than Dhoni’s entire team could do in total. Rather getting miffed he told his team members to not feel sad about the loss, for this our regular challenges one will face in the cricket ground. One should learn from the obstacles for it makes a player feel strong mentally and emotionally during matches and strive better.

  1. Accept your failures

Dhoni was a sensation in his school and everyone simply adored him. When he couldn’t make it Under-19 team, everyone was upset except Dhoni. He called it as a reality checker and worked really hard on his weakness. Accepting failure is one of the key points of life.

  1. Yes to hard work

Without any hard work, there is no fruit to success. He believes in working really hard on oneself.

  1. Love your critics’

You will never do well if you don’t take the criticism well. To be good at what you love to do, one has to be open to feedbacks, go bad or worse. It takes a person long way. Dhoni has always been bashed with a lot of criticism about his decision but he never got carried away with his decisions. Rather he used those feedbacks to a good reason to be better and that’s how his team always shined bright.

  1. Leave comfort zone

Dhoni loved playing cricket and for that, he had gone through ample of struggles, learned to fall, survive and rise through.  He believes in achieving something really extraordinary in life, and for that one has to leave the comfort zone.

  1. Let go

Our Captain Cool never lets negative vibe get hold of him. He believes that in any profession getting sad about negative things and asking about why it happened will make you feel vulnerable. Rather getting trapped in what, why and how of any situation, work your way out to shine through it by letting go of that negative vibe.

  1. Be daring and bold

 Taking daring and bold decision has always been his statement when it came to making a stand about anything being Captain Wise. His biggest virtue of life has been being immensely patient and it has always worked with him. This nature has always motivated other team players in his team and thousands of his fans to follow their heart and be wise in life.

Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, And His Journey

Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey
Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey

Surinder Khanna was one of the hardest hitters of the ball in domestic Cricket circuit in the 80’s. Former Indian wicket-keeper and batsman, he debuted in 1976, but playing for Delhi in Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore (1978-79) brought him to rising fame. In this season, he made a century in each innings and Delhi made a triumph victory at the Nationals.

Born June 3, 1956, legendary Surinder Khanna was a strong lead as a wicket keeper in the domestic matches. With his name shining in the world of cricket in the late 70’s, he became a designated wicketkeeper for India in 1979 world cup in England.

As much as, he was an exceptional player off the back foot, he was also a beast when it came to aggressive ‘win the goal’ moment in the matches. His batting was remarkable, and he was known for his furious stroke play against best of the bowlers. He was an example of rare gift among Indian batsman. As a wicket-keeper, he was the most reliable and he earned the spot all by his hard work and merit. For Khanna, cricket was and still is a way of life; deep-rooted with practice and passion etched for life.

His career includes ten one day tournament and 106 first class matches which marked the best of his days. He always cherishes his debut days in 1976, often calling them as one happy vivid moment of his career span.

In one of his foremost interviews, where he talked about his glory day at the Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore, he mentions, “Karnataka had a good side. (Gundappa) Viswanath, (Brijesh) Patel, (EAS) Prasanna, (BS) Chandrasekhar. It was a formidable side. But we had Mohinder and Surinder (Amarnath), Madan Lal, Chetan Chauhan, Rakesh Shukla, and Bedi Saab motivating us all through. I was destined to get those centuries and it just happened. Don’t forget Mohinder made 178 not out and we recovered from 49 for five in the second innings. We had a good partnership (256 runs) and I was so engrossed in batting that I did not realize I had scored my second century.” One of the best compliments that he still takes pride is when Bedi Saab gave him a warm hug when he returned to the dressing room after the match. He also made remarkable niche as India’s hero at the Asia Cup 1984, where he was declared as Man of the Series for his 51 not out against Sri Lanka and 56 against Pakistan.

Having joined as the Cricket Secretary in School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF), Surinder Khanna feels immensely proud to join this great initiative to promote honest talent at the grassroots level.

He said in one of the interviews, ‘I played in an era when players were honest, officials were honest. There was no money those days but cricket was good. Today, everyone wants to come and play cricket and people are willing to go to any extent to push their sons and students.’

As quoted from his earlier press interaction, Cricket star Surinder Khanna looks forward to being of any help, possible to bring forth all deserving candidates from remote rural and urban cities of the country, and condition them from basic to a level that shapes the overall mindset of sportsmanship in India.

 

 

 

 

 

SSPF Chairman Joins India’s Olympic Task Force

New Delhi: Govt. of India has announced the Olympic Task Force panel that will work together in bringing forth a comprehensive action plan for the preparation of Indian sportsperson in next three Olympic Games 2020, 2024, and 2028. This Task Force will develop an overall strategy for the sports facility, training, selection procedure and other integral matters.

School Sports Promotion Foundation chairman Mr. Om Pathak has been appointed in the elite panel of the Olympic task force. SSPF digital and transparent system searched and nurtured talent of over 24000 students from 1200 schools. SSPF has also been recognized as a National Sports Promotion Organisation.

This committee also comprises of sportspersons like badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra among others to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games.

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Besides Gopichand and Bindra, other members of the team include India hockey captain Viren Raquinha, hockey coach S. Baldev Singh, senior journalist Rajesh Kalra, Professor G.L. Khanna from Manav Rachna International University and Sports Authority of Gujarat Director General Sandeep Pradhan, according to a statement from the ministry.

SSPF recognized as National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Govt. of India

sspf-logo23 December 2016: As we all are about to welcome New Year 2017, SSPF is thrilled to share the honor given by Govt. of India for its noble vision & mission to promote school sports at the grassroot level. We are extremely proud to announce that Government of India has now recognized SSPF as a National Sports Promotion Organization [NSPO].

After our expansion from 2 sports to 5 in the coming year 2016-17, this is yet another reason to celebrate our big achievement and motivating us to work for bigger and better. SSPF is the 1st private organization and India’s largest school level grassroot sports program to receive this recognition.

This recognition from Govt. of India will enable the talented and meritorious players from schools to access concessions and admission preferences in universities of their choice. As now SSPF is at par with National Sport Federations in priority category. By becoming NSPO, we can now provide the best chance to participating players the opportunities of becoming national / international level sportspersons and bring glory to the country.

School Sports Promotion Foundation [SSPF] in association with Sports Authority of India, [SAI] launched India’s first and only school level grassroots sports program, National Talent Search & Nurture [NTSN], last year. It was for the first ever time in India 1,200 Schools participated in a talent Search & nurture program.

For this season, apart from cricket & football SSPF has launched volleyball, basketball and athletics (girls & boys) also to help students choose sport of their choice and excel under proper and professional guidance. NTSN season 2 will kick start in two phases in January & April 2017. In first phase district with 8 or above school teams will play. The window for first phase will by 15-30 January 2017. Districts which have not completed 8 teams till January will play in second phase and window for this phase will be 10-25 April 2017.