Cricket Academy hails TNM’s K24m sponsorship package: Lunzu Leopards crowned champions

Cricket Union of Malawi (CUM) President Vivek Ganesan, who is also the director of the Cricket Academy, has expressed satisfaction with the level of talent and competition seen in this year’s TNM sponsored cricket tournament.

Lunzu are champions
Lunzu are champions

The Union also thanked the country’s premier mobile service provider’s commitment to developing cricket which is regarded a dormant sporting discipline.

Ganesan said this during 2015 Women cricket (Lioness Cup) awards presentation ceremony at St Andrews High School where where Lunzu Leopards was crowned the champions after beating their rivals Bangwe Dragons with 4 wickets.

“TNM is committed to taking the game of Cricket in Malawi to a whole new level and we believe this is achievable if we harness young cricket talent through tailored cricket initiatives such as those run by the Cricket Academy and through TNM’s sponsorship, the standards and quality of playing has improved,” Genesan said

He said the 3 years of TNM sponsorship has been very significant in improving and exposing the sports of cricket in Malawi.

“TNM has been very instrumental, in this 3 years that TNM has been helping us, numbers of boy and girls playing crickets have increased, we have gone on international tours and above all the standards and quality of cricket is improving,” he said.

The director added that through TNM sponsorship the academy has managed to give scholarships to 10 most dedicated and committed students

“ TNM has given crickets a better platform to be able to market this sport in Malawi without them we wouldn’t able to reach this stage, thanks to TNM today we have over 2000 girls and boys playing cricket in Malawi”

The tournament started three weeks ago with teams namely Chirimba Mambas, Bangwe Dragons, Lunzu Leopards and Ndirande Chiefs competing for the tournament.

In individual trophies Vanessa Phiri was named as Best bowler and Shahida Huissen as most valuable player while Dyana Rice was best batswoman of the tournament and they all received medals.

During the event the Academy awarded scholarship to a 17 year form 4 student at Naizi Secondary school Shahida Hussein who also plays for Lunzu Leopards. The scholarship will see the academy paying her college education.

TNM has four-year sponsorship agreement with the Blantyre-based Cricket Academy to the tune of K24 million.

TNM’s sponsorship of the Cricket Academy goes towards equipment, administration of the academy’s offices at St Andrews, coach training and running of training clinics for youth in primary and secondary schools across the country.

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