CSK Super Cup from tomorrow

NEW INITIATIVE:Stephen Fleming (right) and Andy Bichel pose with the Chennai Super Kings Super Cup.— PHOTO: K. PICHUMANI  

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Super Cup, an all-new multi-sports corporate tournament, will be held here from February 3 to March 24.

Staged by CSK and presented by Aircel, the Super Cup will be an annual event. The tournament will feature competitions in T20 cricket, tennis, table tennis, badminton, and snooker. As many as 38 corporate houses will take part.

Unveiling the trophy at a pleasant ceremony along with CSK’s bowling coach Andy Bichel here on Friday, the franchise coach Stephen Fleming said the “aim was to unearth young talent and promote the game among the corporates.”

Talking about CSK’s successes in its eventful five-year journey so far, he said at a press conference, “This would not have been possible without the fans.”

He added, “This initiative by CSK is intended to encourage the spirit of sportsmanship and competition among participants and fans. We are also providing a platform to promote other sports at par with cricket and this will definitely strengthen our bond with the fans.”

Among the teams taking part are TCS, HDFC Bank, Coke, Samsung, Infosys, HSBC, Kotak Mahindra, India Cements, Vodafone, The Hindu , ITC, Tata Capital, India Pistons and the Standard Chartered Bank.

Chandrabhan, GM-Marketing, India Cements, said, “Through the initiative, the key decision makers of today and tomorrow will come together to compete on the sports field, meet like-minded people in an informal setting and this can be a harbinger of many new business ideas.”

He added, “We at India Cements believe that local businesses and fans must see a stake in the success of the home team. We are confident that the Super Cup will gain appreciation and will create a success story which will substantiate Chennai Super Kings as a fan driven sports entertainment brand.”

Dharmalingam honoured

A former Ranji and Duleep Trophy cricketer, State coach and chief selector in women’s cricket, P.K. Dharmalingam was recently conferred with the ‘Gem of India’ award in recognition of his services for the promotion of cricket.

The presentation by the Union Minister of State for minority affairs, Ninong Ering happened at the All India Achievers Conference held in New Delhi recently.

Dharmalingam, who has been running the ‘Dharma’s Cricket Academy’ for over three decades now, was the coach of the Madras University team the year it won the all-India Rohinton Baria Trophy. He was also the coach of the Tamil Nadu team which won the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy.

Anirudh shines

K. Anirudh’s four-wicket haul helped King Star CA to a two-wicket win over AVM CA in the Skylab CAC u-14 cricket tournament played here.

The scores: Budding Star CA 131 for six in 25 overs (S. Akshay Kumar 40) bt MAS CA 100 for nine in 25 overs.

AVM CA 103 for nine in 25 overs (A. Vinod 25, K. Anirudh four for 22) lost to King Star CA 104 for eight in 22 overs (Ashwin Neelakandan 37).

Skylab CA ‘A’ 140 for eight in 25 overs (J. Leo Daniel 25, M. Hemachandran 26) lost to Chennai Stars CA 141 for four in 24 overs (Mohit Panchal 58, R. Vignesh 25).

Oceanic CA 79 in 24 overs (Hareesh 25, K. Shrijith three for 12) lost to King Star CA 80 for three in 10 overs (Ashwin Neelakandan 43 n.o).

Budding Stars CA 168 for two in 25 overs (D. Prashanth Prabhu 68, S. Akshay Kumar 53) bt Stumped CF 158 for two in 25 overs (S. Santhosh Kumar 81, V. Akshay 34).

Chennai Stars CA 118 for four in 25 overs (S. Joel Roshan 37, Aryan Das Gupta 34) lost to Stumped CF 119 for three in 18.3 overs (V. Dinesh Kumar 72 n.o).

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