Thiruvananthapuram: A delegation of leading Indian businessmen from the UAE met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday with a proposal to set up the world's first T10 Cricketing Academy in Thiruvananthapuram.
The five-member delegation was led by Dr Shafi Ul Mulk, co-owner of the Kerala Kings team that won the first-ever international T10 tournament held in Sharjah. The delegation discussed creating a roadmap to conduct T10 cricket league matches across the state to spot cricketing talents and enrol them into the proposed UAE Cricket Academy with Vijayan.
The CM expressed his delight at the initiative and promised to attend the opening of the second T10 tournament in person, said a release from the Kerala Kings.
The UAE delegation presented the CM with a replica of the winner's trophy won by Kerala Kings. Vijayan congratulated Kerala Kings and the T10 committee on their success and assured support for their plans.
A relatively new format, T10 is the brainchild of Shaji Ul Mulk, Dr Mulk's brother and Chairman of Mulk Group. Dr Mulk said a key objective of the T10 committee headed by his brother is to facilitate world-class training to budding cricketing talents under renowned coaches.
"These initiatives are aimed at enabling the talented youth of the state to gain confidence and international exposure through playing with cricketing stars, and eventually make them part of Kerala Kings and other T10 franchise teams," said Dr Mulk.
He said T10 tournaments would give young talent exciting new opportunities to represent their respective states and the nation on the international arena.
Players would be offered attractive remuneration and lucrative financial perks for the second edition of the T10 tournament running for 10 days. "This will help them enjoy financial security in their careers," Dr Mulk explained.
Dr Mulk added: "As part of our CSR initiatives, we are 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."
Other members included Lalu Samuel, Chairman of Rexton; Anil Nair, Director Iris Insurance; and G Prasad, Director RGI Group. Issac John, Global Chairman of the World Malayalee Council and veteran journalist, who organised the delegation's visit, accompanied the delegation.