Indian origin businessman supports rural cricket in South Africa

February 27th, 2009 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Feb 27 (IANS) Indian origin businessman Shyam Bhatia has extended his support to South African cricket by donating 100 kits for rural talents in the country.
Bhatia donated the kits to Cricket South Africa (CSA) Thursday during the first day of the Test between Australia and South Africa at the Wanderers.

CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka and chief-executive Gerald Majola praised Bhatia for his generosity.

Bhatia said: “I enjoy contributing to the development of cricket around the world, especially in South Africa. It is my wish that these cricket kits are put to the best use by this country’s talented rural cricketers.”

Majola described Bhatia as a loyal friend of CSA and said: “Shyam is always looking for ways to help. CSA appreciates his support. This is not the first time he has made such a generous sponsorship to South African cricket. It will go a long way to develop the game in the rural areas.”

Dennis Carlstein, President of Rural Cricket South Africa was delighted to hear the news. “We cover such vast areas that this sponsorship is sure to be put to good use. It’s a wonderful gesture by Mr Bhatia and we sincerely thank him for his support.”

Last year, to further improve the state of spin bowling in the country, Bhatia sent four spinners and a coach to get training in Chennai.

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