Report by Namma tv international news desk
12 July 2017, Dubai: Former Indian batsman Sandeep Patil was on Wednesday named as the brand ambassador of the Indian Indoor Cricket Team.
Mr Patil will be the face of the team in the lead-up to the 10th edition of the World Indoor CricketFederation (WICF) World Cup, scheduled to be held from 16-23 September 2017. The week-long tournament, will be held in partnership with Cricket Australia (CA) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), at the Insportz Club in Dubai.
Mr Patil played 29 Tests and 45 One-Day Internationals for India from 1980-1986. He was also a member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad. After his playing days, Mr Patil was cricket manager of the Indian cricket team in 1996. Much later, he donned the role of Kenya’s coach as they made it to the 2003 World Cup semi-final.
On his return to India in 2003, he was named the India A coach and later the Director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He was later India’s chairman of selectors from 2012-2016.
On his new role, Mr Patil said: “I am delighted to be the Ambassador of the Indian indoor team. It is always a pleasure to be associated with this great of game. I sincerely wish my Indian indoor team at the best in the tournament.”
The Indian team is managed and operated by the XLR8 India, an indoor arena in Bengaluru. The India Indoor Sports Federation, has mandated XLR8 to select, train and prepare Indian cricket teams for all indoor tournaments.
For the 2017 edition of the showpiece event in indoor cricket, XLR8 has appointed UAE-based Petromann Events to manage, operate and market the Indian team. Petromann Events, brainchild of Mr Abdul Latif Khan, also known as Arif Khan in the sporting arena.
Abdul Latif Khan, chairman, Petromann Events said: “It is an absolute honour to have Mr Patil as the brand ambassador of the Indian team. In the coming days we will be unveiling a campaign with Mr Patil to raise the profile of the Indian team. We are sure the presence of Mr Patil the Indian team will achieve new heights at the World Cup.”
The 10th edition of the Indoor Cricket World Cup will attract approximately 400 players and officials from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and the host UAE, apart from India. Established in 1997, Insportz Club is the Middle East’s first indoor sports facility with fully air-conditioned multipurpose courts.
The 10th edition of the WICF World Cup will also involve players competing in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s, 21 & Under Men’s, and 21 & Under Women’s divisions, with Australia the reigning World Champions in each of the four divisions.
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About Petromann Events
More than a decade ago a team emerged from nowhere to try their hands in indoor cricket tournaments in Dubai; ateam largely made of blue collared workers.
A man named Abdul Latif Khan also known as Arif Khan was the man behind this startup. A passionate cricketerhaving played moderate level of the game back home in India, Arif Khan was desperate to carry on his love when he came to Dubai in search of greener pastures.
Despite the initial hardship, in 2004, he decided to form the team named PETROMANN that entered the indoorfacility for the first time. Offered an opportunity to prove their mettle in the ‘D’ Division at Insportz, it was not a smooth sailing for Arif Khan and his team. There were handful of players who were ready to play but could not afford shoes while many of them were not even aware of the rules of indoor cricket.
But with a never-say-die attitude, Arif Khan ensured he kept the spirit of the team high and the results began to show as they emerged champions of that division.
Thereafter it was a fairytale ride for the Petromann as the team quickly rose through the success ladder and found themselves playing in the ‘A’ Division against some of the best teams in the country.
Their fight to excel continued and there was no looking back as the team made winning tournaments a habit. They achieved success in every possible tournament proving their dominance in indoor cricket and earning a huge reputation in the cricketing fraternity.
The team’s face changed rapidly as years went by with several players who represented the UAE National team also being part of the setup. Among those Amjad Javed, Asif Mumtaz, Rohan Mustafa and Qassim were some to name a few.
They went a step ahead bringing international players on full time contract from Sri Lanka to play further strengthen the team. A full-fledged board was formed to further enhance the management of the team that included Usman Manzoor, Sheikh Umar, Riyaz Khan, Sanjay Kuckian, Sheikh Usman and Tanveer Sadekar.
As they grew in status, for the first time in 2013, Petromann found a sponsor in Pacific Ventures for ICC Summer League. Real Estate developer Parvez Khan showed tremendous interest in the team and soon Pacific Ventures & Petromann Group Cricket Club collaborated as the team began playing under the banner of PVCC. This was the firstteam to find a full sponsor in the UAE.
After having achieved so much, Abdul Latif Khan, who also served as the Manager of Cricket Operations for Capricorn Commanders in the Masters Champions League held in 2016, felt it was time to give back something to the game he loved so much.
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