Architects Play Cricket!

It is not very often that we see a group of architects playing cricket in an international arena. However, this was exactly what we witnessed at the Architects’ Asia Cricket (T20) Cup 2018. The tournament, which is a championship between architects from three nations: Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, was organized by the sports committee of SLIA.

The tournament opened on the 16th of February at the Tyrone Fernando Cricket stadium with former Test Cricket Vice-Captain, Rangana Herath as the Chief Guest. The Guest of Honour was Ar. D.H.Wijewardene, President of SLIA.

The Sri Lankan team was captained and vice-captained by Ar. Manoj Champika and Ar. Sulochana Amunugama respectively. The team was coached by Sanjaya Wijesinghe.

The Pakistani team was captained by Ar. Ramiz Baig and The Indian team was captained by Ar. Jitendra Mehta.

During the preliminary rounds, each team was to play two matches against each of the other two teams. During the first match which was between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Sri Lankan Architects won by 94 runs. Skipper Ar. Manoj Champika and Ar. Kanishka Padmapani made a 110-run partnership in 11.4 overs for the first wicket. The Indian Architects managed to win the second and third matches by 6 and 7 wickets, which were played against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively.

During the fourth match which was between India and Pakistan, the Indian Architects scored a massive 217 runs and won the match by 151 runs. Ar. Emmanuel Gnanaraj made an excellent score of 96 runs from 51. The fifth match which was between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was won by the Sri Lankan Architects by 10 wickets. During this match, Ar. Damith Perera took 6 wickets with just 3 runs. The final match of the preliminary rounds was between Sri Lanka and India and was won by the Indian Architects by 46 runs.

This is the first time such a tournament is organized in Sri Lanka. According to Ar. Dananjaya Bandara from SLIA, although the teams had individually toured each other countries in the past years, there hasn’t been an opportunity for the three teams to compete in the same tournament. The event was thus organized with the intention of getting to know foreign delegates and to strengthen the inter-relationship between the Architects in the region.

At the finals, which was between India and Sri Lanka, the Indian Architects won the Inaugural Architects’ Asia Cricket Cup. Ar. Hitesh Gujar who played 86 from 50 was crowned man of the match.

The tournament closed on the 20th of February at the Colts Cricket ground with former Sri Lankan skipper Aravinda de Silva as the Chief Guest. The Guests of Honour for the event were Ar. Jahangir Khan - President ARCASIA, Ar. D.H.Wijewardene - President of SLIA and Ar. Divya Kush – President Indian Institute of Architects. The award for the Best Bowler of the Tournament was given to Ar. Sunil Bhale from India who took 10 wickets for 40 runs. Best Batsman of the Tournament was awarded to Ar. Ayush Bharadwaj from India for his 189 runs in 4 matches including a stunning century. The Man of the Series was Ar. Hitesh Gujar from India with his 6 wickets and 140 runs.

According to Ar. Danajaya Bandara, the next Architects’ Asia Cricket (T20) Cup will be organized by the Indian Institute of Architects and is planned to take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Article by: Yumna Albar

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