While many Australian grassroots cricket clubs closed their doors on the 2013/14 summer of cricket, Dobroyd Point Cricket Club packed their bags and headed off on a four-week whirlwind cricket tour of India and Nepal.
Having created history by being the first ever Australian-based team on tour in Nepal, the men from New South Wales took on the National under 19 team and the Military College in Kathmandu, before heading to India to play the Diesel Mechanics in Varanasi, the Delhi Blues at Yamuna Sports Complex, the Travel and Tourism team in Udaipur and the Sports Club of Jaipur.
But the tour highlights came off the field. The club in good gesture organised cricket clinics in schools and educated the kids about the game they love, then proceeded to put an even bigger smile on the kids’ faces by kitting them out in gear donated by members of the club back home.
When not playing cricket or educating the locals, the team had opportunities to unwind with some sightseeing and enjoying what the lovely locals had to offer – none more breathtaking than a visit to the Taj Mahal, quoted by team member Robby Abbonzio as ‘a dream’. The long train rides and hot, dusty conditions? Not so pleasant, but an experience nevertheless.
The touring team:
Captain Simon Manners