Beach cricket raises relief funds

Batting for a cause: Players in action at the beach cricket tournament in Kozhikode on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: K_RAGESH

It was more than cricket that drove together this group of youngsters to Kozhikode beach on early Sunday morning. They planned to set a model for similar groups by offering a helping hand to families ravaged by the recent floods.

The Beach Cricket Home Tournament 2019 that started at Kozhikode beach at 6 a.m. on Sunday featured around 70 persons who have been playing cricket on the beach for more than 15 years.

They are professionals from various fields, natives of Kozhikode, as well as settlers who have made Kozhikode their home.

“The Daily Beach Cricket collective is a 150-strong group. Some of our players are stars in national level tourneys in other States,” said Yasir Arafat, convener of the tournament said.

The funding came from the individual registration fee paid by the players as well as contributions from each member.

“We all have contributed to flood relief in our own way through our work places or other organisations. But this is an effort to do something under the banner of our collective,” Mr. Arafat said.

“There are many similar collectives on Kozhikode beach. Some play football, while some others play volleyball. We are presenting a model before them,” he added. The collective garnered around ₹28,000, which will be used to provide relief kits to 25 needy families next Sunday.

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