SN Academy Vasco emerge on top on Muscat tour
SN Academy Vasco, Goa was invited to Oman by Goa’s former Ranji player Sandesh Dhuri.
Oman, Muscat: SN Academy Vasco emerged victorious in the nine-day cricket tour of Muscat, Oman defeating hosts BOC Cricket Academy, Muscat 4-1 in the five-match T20 series for Under16 teams.
SN Academy Vasco, based in the port town of Goa was invited to Oman by Goa’s former Ranji player Sandesh Dhuri, who heads the Muscat-based coaching centre.
In the other camp, another former Ranji Trophy player, Saby Fernandes travelled with the young side as a coach and ensured all of the 14-member team underwent good net practice, training and had a part to play in the victory.
“Dreams do come true. For aspiring cricketer one such dream would be to undertake an international cricket tour with state of the art facilities, good grounds and fun that a professional cricketer gets to enjoy,” said Saby Fernandes.
“With talented pool of cricketers, some representing the State – the Goan team have left a lasting impression in Muscat and have announced Goa as a cricketing playing state at international level,” said Saby Fernandes, about Goa which is known to produce many international football players but only one cricketer hailing from the state Dilip Sardesai has played for the country.
The Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, IM Pandey, was the Chief Guest at the presentation ceremony.
A large number of Goans, based in Oman, were in attendance to motivate and encourage the young stars. The local Goan community was represented by the ISC Goan Wing Muscat Convenor, Anthony Lourenco and Co-Convenor, Herman Estibeiro,
“Cricket has its charm, and sports-related tours and international events such as this is something every sportsman dream of. Some do not have access to it, but with the company theme ‘bringing the world closer, DMS Goa, hope to contribute through such programs and tours,” said an official of the DMS Goa, a sports tour management company, which were instrumental in organizing the tour.