August 14, 2012
This last weekend, the North Texas Cricket Association had its first group of youth players graduate from Level 1 of its junior program. About 30 children took part and ICC Hall of Fame inductee Sunil Gavaskar was there to recognize and spend some time with these budding cricketers. 2000 NTCA members were in attendance to see Sunil Gavaskar in person, and this has sparked a renewed interest for youth development. More than one hundred parents expressed interest and have committed to enroll their children for the coming sessions.
NTCA is confident that their program will exceed 100 members between the fall and the 2013 program season. Additionally, NTCA is working on having cricket become part of the curriculum at the large and prestigious St. Marks School in Dallas. NTCA recently had a great working session there, which had about 150 students participate. Leading the session were Team USA player Usman Shuja, Coach Mark Demos and Babu Venkatachalapathy.
Syed Shahanawa, NTCA President, said, "I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our volunteers for their tireless effort in running NTCA youth program. My sincere appreciation to Head Coach Devarasan Dhandapani, Venkatachalapathy Babu and our executive committee for their outstanding dedication and effort towards our program.
"In addition to some of the clubs within NTCA that have had great progress with youth programs, from a league perspective, this is a humble beginning. We at NTCA are extremely proud that we were able to kick off our program this season," Shahanawa said.