The Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors conquer the cricket pitch.The cricket team of TU Chemnitz became runner-up at the international rugby cricket tournament in Dresden
Cricket is a sport rich in tradition and in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and India one of the most popular sports ever. Cricket is still not well known in Germany, but the team of Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors tries to change this. The team consists of nine Indian students of TU Chemnitz studying their master degree who regularly and very successfully participate in tournaments. The 2010 founded team specialized 2010 in indoor cricket and participated on 22 and 23 February, 2014 for the second time in the International Rugby Cricket Tournament in Dresden. “We have very committed and motivated players in our team. We are pleased to take part again and hopefully can still participate in many tournaments in the future,” said Ashutosh-Laxminiwas Loyalka, captain of the Cricketing Warriors. The tournament is with a total of 14 national and international participating teams from various universities the largest indoor cricket tournament in eastern Germany.
To prepare optimally for the competitions the cricket team`s training is intensified before competitions. The players meet then twice a week in the gymnasium of TU Chemnitz at the campus Reichenhainer Straße. “We have trained hard for the tournament, after winning last year we had very high demands to ourselves,” says Srikar Injeti, who is part of the team since 2012. The Chemnitz team fought until the end in Dresden, but in the final there was just a little bit missing to win. The Cricketing Warriors lost against a Czech team, but proudly brought back home the silver trophy. “It was a great experience to have qualified for the second time to participate in the Dresden tournament. We did our best and it paid off, I`m very happy to play in such a great team. Perhaps sometime there will be a cricket tournament in Chemnitz again, “says Shashank Kashyap, who is studying Automotive Software Engineering at TU Chemnitz.
(Author: Damaris Diener, Translation: Jakob Landwehr)
Students promote cricket among the local people
The “Chemnitz cricket club” is now part of the Universitätssportgemeinschaft Chemnitz and welcomed six teams for an inaugural game
Billie Jean King once said “Sports are a microcosm of society”. This phrase aptly characterizes the essence of sports in describing the societal coexistence and their symbiotic effect on societies. Different cultures get interlinked through sports in an adventurous and admiring way. While keeping this idea in mind, a group of students and various scientific researchers have come together to form a club under Universitätssportgemeinschaft Chemnitz e. V. (USG Chemnitz e.V.) for the famous English game “Cricket”. Chemnitz Cricket Club (CCC) has been born out with a main aim to promote the game among the local people as well as many international students, who may or may not be aware of the game.
The club has successfully marked its humble beginning by organizing an inaugural game on 23-24 August 2014 at Markersdorfer Straße 141, where the training ground of CCC is locat-ed. The event attracted participation of six teams from within and outside TU Chemnitz. Teams comprised students mainly from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The cricket ground was filled with a feeling of cordialness and competitiveness among the participating teams. The aim of bringing different people together to enjoy and get to know the game was a great success. Students from different countries had the chance to play cricket and become acquainted with other team members.
These players participated in the final match on the second day of inauguration cup. Photo: Varun Jain
This inaugural game was an initial step taken by “USG Chemnitz e.V. abt. Chemnitz Cricket Club” in their pursuit of being an active and engaging club with many bigger events to come in future. Frank Börner, Head of USG, and Katherina Haase, who is the President of CCC have also joined the club ground to encourage the players.
Earlier this month, the team of the Chemnitz Cricket Club has participated in the Saxony League and played against the Dresden Cricket Club in Dresden. Later, CCC will also participate in a tournament against a team from Berlin in Dresden.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Odenwald and Dr. Gert Schlegel from the Professorship of Sports Equip-ment & Technology and Prof. Dr. Arved Hübler from the Professorship for Print and Media Technology have constantly provided their motivational support to CCC.
Winning streak in Dresden
Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors won the “Outdoor Corporate Tournament” for the second time in a row.
There is a great passion and a talent pool for cricket among the Asian student population in Technische Universität Chemnitz. They have proved themselves time to time by participating in different cricket matches and winning trophies for Chemnitz. In the last two months the Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors (CCW) team has been participating in the “Outdoor Corporate Tournament” in Dresden, organized by the Dresden Cricket Club in association with the Rugby Cricket Dresden. A total of ten teams have been involved in this tournament with TU Chemnitz being the one winner.
The captain of the team, Karthikeyan Rajan, took honor of accepting the winner´s trophy presented by Prof. Francis Stewart, the Head of the Dresden Cricket Club. He has also acknowledged the sporting spirit of the teams and a true cricketing spirit all along.
Last weekend, the TU Chemnitz team went to play three match series with TU Ilmenau. The 13th of June 2014 was a day of cricketing splendor and friendship of both, Chemnitz and Ilmenau team. In the three match series, the CCW team started with a loss in the opening game. Despite the slow start, team kept their spirits high and won the title against the team of Ilmenau this year as well as last year too for the second time in a row.
The team of Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors. Photo: CCW
Deep Prakash, who used to play for the team from TU Chemnitz is now its acting Manager. “Young players are full of energy and skills, they were continuously supported and guided throughout the tournament by senior players Tushar Bose and Abhishek Sahni. I haven´t played cricket for a year, it will take some time to comeback as a fit player. Till that time I would like to support the team with varied responsibilities,” said Deep Prakash.
Success, as always, has further strengthened the spirits of the players as well as added them some enthusiasm. This has provided additional motivation to the aspiring students, who want to be involved in sports and support TU Chemnitz in gathering cricket trophies. With a continued support from the authorities, it would be a good step towards strengthening cricket as a competitive sport in Saxony.
“Special thanks to the Head of the Institute for Sports Equipment Technology Prof. Stephan Odenwald, Dr. Gert Schlegel and Prof. Arved Hübler, the Head of the Institute for Print and Media Technology for their continuous motivational support of our team,” said Deep Prakash.
Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors clinch the triangular series
Three teams took part in the Indo-German Cricket Tournament – The final was played between Chemnitz and Halle
The Indo-German Cricket Tournament was held on 7th and 8th July 2012 on the Sports ground of TU Chemnitz. Three teams took part in the tournament – Chemnitz University of Technology, University of Jena and University of Halle-Wittenberg. The tournament was supported by the Institute for Print and Media Technology (pmTUC) and the Professorship of Sports Equipments and Technology (SGT). The Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors have been the titleholders for the last two years.
The Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors won the match on the Sports ground of TU Chemnitz. Photo: pmTUC
In the first match on Saturday, the 7th of July 2012, Chemnitz and Jena played against each other. On the same day, the second match was played between Jena and Halle. The winner was Chemnitz for the first match and Halle for the second match.
The Indo-German Fusion Night on Saturday at the Club of Cultures was attended by many students from the university and the guest teams. The music played by DJ Dominik Max and DJ Nagraj was well appreciated by the visitors.
The final was played on Sunday, 8th July between Chemnitz and Halle. After scoring very high in the batting innings, Chemnitz easily won the match which went up to the last over. All in all, both teams played good competitive cricket.
In the presentation ceremony, held by Deep Prakash, the awards were announced. Prof. Dr. Arved Hübler (pmTUC) and Prof. Dr. Stephan Odenwald (SGT) were present to hand over the awards to the winning team and to announce the best player performances. Ashutosh Loyalka from the Chemnitz team received the “Man of the match” award for the first match. Deepak Guduru from Halle and Vinay Achar from Chemnitz received the “Man of the match” award for the second and third match played between Halle-Jena and Halle-Chemnitz. Deep Shah received the “Man of the match” award for the final match while Deepak Panchal, the captain of the Chemnitz team, received the trophy for the best player of the tournament.
The final match between Halle and Chemnitz was well attended by many fans cheering up for the Chemnitz team. The series was a good start to the Indo-German cricket tournament. Chemnitz also received an invitation to join and register the team at the Deutsche Cricket Bund.
We thank the teams from Jena, Halle and all players from Chemnitz and our Chief Motivation Officer & Co-Organizer Dr. Gert Schlegel for their contribution to the tournament. We would also like to thank the university, especially both professors – Prof. Arved Hübler and Prof. Stephan Odenwald – for their motivation and financial support for the tournament.
7. bis. 8. Juli 2012: Deutsch-Indisches Cricket-Turnier
Am Wochenende vom 7.-8. Juli 2012 organisierten Deep Prakash und Dr. Gert Schlegel das erste deutsch-indische Cricket-Turnier in Chemnitz, welches durch die Professuren Sportgerätetechnik und Printmedientechnik unterstützt wurde. Um die Anfänger richtig auf den Wettkampf vorzubereiten, fanden im Vorfeld Seminare und Workshops für die Neulinge statt. Im Wettkampf standen sich dann Studenten aus Halle, Jena und Chemnitz gegenüber. Bei einem Mix aus Sonne und Regen bezwangen die Chemnitz Cricketing Warriors ihre Herausforderer. Die Gewinner durften eine Trophäe mit nach Hause nehmen. Aber auch der „Man of the Match“ und der „Man of the Series“ erhielten eine Auszeichnung für ihre Leistung im Spiel. Die Professoren beider Institute, Dr. Stephan Odenwald und Dr. Arved Hübler, und die vornehmlich weiblichen Zuschauer zeigten sich von dem in Deutschland weniger verbreiteten Cricket, begeistert und hoffen auf eine Wiederholung im nächsten Jahr.