India tour inspires

A group of young cricketers from City Cricket Academy have returned “inspired” from a tour to India having gained an invaluable experience.

A total of 12 young players aged between 12 and 17 visited the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC), in Bangalore, during the February half-term holiday as part of a ten-day tour.

They played cricket for up to eight hours a day during the intensive training camp, which included sessions focusing on improving fielding as well as batting and bowling techniques.

Touring party member Conor Sherrard, from Leicester, who plays in the 15-17 age group, said: “I loved the tour, it was really amazing. I worked on facing spin and got to spend a lot of time at the crease. I think my batting has really improved against spinners as a result. I’m really looking forward to the new season, the tour has really given me a lot of confidence.”

Cricketer Lucy Higham, 17, added: “The passion they have for the sport is truly inspirational and is something that will remain with me and motivate me throughout. Knowing how hard others are working pushes you to work harder and their commitment is not only a credit to themselves, but also to KIOC and the coaches.”

Fellow promising youngster Harry Swindel, 16, from Narborough, said: “Facing a variety of top quality bowlers and batting for long periods was a great experience. This was my second tour to India with the CCA, it was a fantastic.”

CCA Director and tour organiser Don Bhagawati, who accompanied the young cricketers, said: “Our latest tour to India has been another huge success, with every player enhancing their skills repertoire and broadening their cricketing horizons.

“They have come back inspired and are looking forward to putting their newly-acquired skills to the test when the new cricket season starts.”

Read about the tour on the Leicester Mercury’s website