Never too old to have a go

WHEN Abdul Choudary, 57, of Kuraby plays cricket, it reminds him of his childhood in Pakistan.

It has been a while between innings for the keen cricketer, but once freed from managing the commitments of his own children, he has been able to return to what calls his ‘passion’.

“There are good opportunities in Logan to play here, with great facilities and grounds which I never saw in Pakistan,” he said.

“There were grounds, but there could be 50 teams playing there, the ball hits your leg and you don’t know which is your ball, it was chaos.”

Abdul said he believed sport for boys was healthy and as such was an advocate for team subsidy and sponsorship to keep costs low and make the sport as attractive as possible.

To that end, he started his own club in 2011, and is captain to the Kuraby Lions, now one of four Logan cricket teams which form a vital part of the Winter Cricket season currently playing at local cricket grounds.

Other teams are Danger Island, Waterford and Yarrabilba and they have been batting and bowling against Gold Coast teams since the competition started in 2016.

Games are played at Malling Street Waterford, Meakin Sports Complex, Kuraby and at Springwood Suns grounds on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10.15am.

Winter cricket organiser Anand Jayaraman (AJ) said he started the local competition to ignite interest in the sport and to attract a range of players. He said players started at junior level and included current players up to the age of 70.

“The big attraction is that we play limited overs. That way everyone gets to bat and bowl in one day. In two-day cricket, a team has the potential not to bat if the first team is strong enough. That’s two days of standing in the field.”

AJ started playing cricket in 2001 and said that over the years, he had gained many friends and a great respect for the sport.

AJ said entry was open for whole teams and for individuals wanting to join teams.

He said the competition also supported local clubs who chose to play on their home ground, with the canteen open and umpires paid.

Interested players can contact wintercricket.net.au or email winter.cricket@yahoo.com

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