A six-member delegation of leading Indian businessmen led by owners of Kerala Kings team from the UAE met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday at his office with a proposal to set up the world’s first T10 Cricket Academy in Trivandrum.
The delegation, led by Dr Shafi Ul Mulk, Chairman of Mulk Healthcare and co-owner of Kerala Kings team that won the first-ever international T10 tournament held in Sharjah also discussed with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan a road map to conduct T10 cricket league matches across the state to spot cricketing talents and enroll them into the proposed UAE Cricket Academy.
The UAE delegation which included the chairman of World Malayalee Council Issac John presented the Chief Minister a replica of the champion’s trophy won by Kerala Kings. Meanwhile Pinarayi Vijayan congratulated Kerala Kings and the T10 committee on their success and assured support for their initiatives.
World Malayalee Council (WMC), globally the most networked Malayalees diaspora forum, is supporting the initiative by Kerala Kings’ owners.
T10, a relatively new exciting cricketing format, is the brainchild of Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Mulk Holdings and the brother of Dr Shafi Ul Mulk.
A key objective of the T10 committee is to facilitate world-class training to budding cricketing talents under renowned coaches.
The initiatives by Kerala Kings are aimed at enabling talented youth of Kerala to gain confidence and international exposure through playing with cricketing stars and eventually make them part of Kerala Kings and other T10 franchise teams.
T10 tournaments will give young talents exciting new opportunities to represent their respective states and the nation on international arena.
Kerala Kings’ owners are also ready to provide cricketers from Kerala and from across India permanent jobs with residency status to make them qualify to represent the UAE at international tournaments. Players would be offered attractive remuneration and perks ranging from two million to five million for the second edition of the T10 tournament running for ten days. This will help them enjoy financial security in their careers.
Other members of the delegation included Anil Nair, Director of Iris Insurance, G. Prasad, Director of RGI Group. Issac John, Global Chairman of the WMC and veteran journalist, who organised the delegation’s visit and Johny Kuruvilla, WMC Advisory Council Chairman, accompanied the group.