IFCR Inter-State Cricket festival The "Rotary Bengaluru Cup"
                      19th Dec to 21st Dec 2008


It was Mr. Syed Kirmani, one of India’s most illustrious wicket keepers, who inaugurated the IFCR T- 20  three days cricket  tourney on JP Nagar cricket grounds at 7-30 am on the 19th Dec 2008. District governor UB Bhat was present and wished the teams all the best and hoped the spirit of Rotary bonding should always be at the foremost. He distributed special team pins all around.


You all may recollect that 'Kiri' as Kirmani is fondly known, shared some incredible episodes of cricketing world. The 1993 world cup match between Zimbabwe and India was his all-time best and most historic. From 17 for 5 India bounced back to win match and later the world cup. Kapil Dev scored a scorching 175.  The BBC telly was on strike and there was no coverage. Kirmani scoring 39 run posted a partnership of 123 runs with Kapil. Kirmani"s all time best bowler is the former ace Indian leggie  BS Chandrashekar.


The three day extravaganza was one of fun and games; enjoyable and competitive. Heeding to the call of District Chairman, Rajgopal Naidu, eight teams participated.


Rotary teams from Vijayawada (AP) , Chennai, Poona/Sholapur, Kerala, Salem, Mysore and Bangalore (two teams) had taken part. The matches were of T 20 format played with the normal  IFCR rules and spirit. Participation was keen and enjoyable. There was good natured banter from all the players.



The comforts of the visiting players were taken care very well. They were put up in good serviced apartments and catered good food during their stay. Ground arrangements and transportation were commendable.The fellowship dinner nights organised on 19th and 20th were thoroughly enjoyed with true IFCR SPIRIT !!! 



Rtn M.N.Prasad

Coordinator for IFCR-Karnataka.









The three day tournament came to an end with the prize distribution on Sunday 21st Dec2008. Just for the record, The Bangalore Royals captained by Rajagopal Naidu won the Rotary Bengaluru cup winning all their matches. Poona/Sholapur team took the second spot.

Rtn.Kittu (convenor IFCR India),Rtn.Ravi (convenor IFCR TN state ) and Rtn.KRP Sarathy (convenor IFCR AP state ) were also present at Bangalore during the course of this wonderful fellowship event.

Congratulations to The District IFCR committee for pulling off a marvellous job.