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Central West Updates (3) - Progress till 9th May
These are the updates on the progress that is taking place internally withing the CTCL Executive Committee and QoC Committee. The updates will keep coming till the final squad is decided. so keep checking.
First meeting: Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 4:00 PM
Agenda: Potential captains interview, Captain nomination, QOC presentation of the player stats and rankings
Second Meeting: Monday, May 7, 2007 at 6:30 PM
Agenda: 14 member squad selection, confirmation of the players’ participation, Manager’s roles and responsibilities primer
Coach - Sriram Mandyam
Manager - Janardan Kolachina
Ram Ganapathy has been chosen as the captain for the CTCL team for this year’s CW cup. The toss up was between Ruchir, Rohit and Ram for captains and the decision was by default since Ruchir and Rohit opted out of the captaincy race. The rest of the squad would be selected later.
A little note about the coach -
Sriram Mandyam, the coach of the 2007 CTCL team, was born on Dec 31. 1961 in Chennai, India and lived for about 25 years of his life there. Not playing cricket was never an option for him due to the strong influence of many distinguished cricketers in his family. Notably, his uncle M.O Srinivasan, who played for India and his son M.O. Parthasarathy, who played for Tamilnadu, Bihar and East Zone.
He started cricket at the age of 10, and represented his school, St. Bedes (one of the elite cricket schools in Chennai), for many years in the Tamilnadu sub-junior, junior and senior inter-school leagues. He was a left-handed all-rounder, opening the bowling and batting at No. 4/5. He was coached throughout his school years and was also lucky to have been invited to several national summer camps.
Sriram earned his first break in the senior school year, when he captained his school team and led them to victory in the Tamilnadu senior inter-school league. This led to him captaining Tamilnadu U-19 and later to the South Zone under-19 team playing with Azharuddin, Saad-bin-Jung and others who went on to represent India. Some of his opponents in the U-19 Cooch-Behar tournament were, Kiran More, C. Pandit, Ravi Shastri and Hoshidar Contractor. His school career ended well with him being selected as the ‘Tamilnadu School boy Cricketer of the Year’.
He joined Loyola college in Chennai (for pre-university since 10+2 was not around then) hoping for a successful cricket and academic career. However, he very quickly realized that he had to choose between cricket and studies. While he played for his college, his family, realizing that there was not much money in cricket those days, lit a fire under him to pursue a more serious professional career. He struck a deal with his family where he could resume cricket once he got admitted into an engineering college.
After a year at Loyola, he got admitted into Annamalai University Engineering (150 miles from Chennai). At the same time, he also got a big break to represent Globe Trotters Cricket Club in Chennai’s elite 1st division league. While the weekends were very strenuous filled with travel and 2-day cricket games, he had the pleasure of playing with some outstanding teammates such as, V.B. Chandra, Arun Kumar, Robin Singh, L. Sivaramakrishnan who went on to play for Ranji and Indian teams.
After he started his engineering program, cricket took a back seat even though he was lucky to keep getting good breaks. Also due to shoulder injuries, he could not continue his medium-pace bowling and had to switch to left-arm spin. During his stay at Annamalai, he represented Tamilnadu, in various tournaments - City vs Districts, Under-22, under-25, special tournaments against teams like Mafatlal, Sri Lanka and Rest of India.
After completing his engineering degree in 1984, he briefly joined TVS-Alwarpet Cricket Club where he played with many stalwarts like Srikkanth, W.V. Raman and other state Ranji players. He officially shutdown cricket in 1986 and moved to the USA to pursue his Masters.
Thanks to CTCL and Lagaan, he started playing cricket again in 2006 after a 20-year gap.
It is a privilege indeed to have him as a CTCL coach!
This is the practice schedule for the CTCL team -
Friday May 11, 2007 : Practice session starting from 5:30 PM onwards (HCCG)
Sunday May 13, 2007: 50-over practice game for the CTCL Squad. (HCCG)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007: Practice session starting at 5:30 PM (HCCG)
Sunday May 20, 2007: Practice Game for the CTCL squad. (HCCG)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007: Practice sessions starting at 5:30 PM (HCCG)
Thursday, May 24, 2007: Practice sessions starting at 5:30 PM (HCCG)
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