The Lakeba and Moce Cricket Associations have received a much needed boost with full sets of cricket kits from the Indian High Commission in Fiji today.
While handing over the cricket kits at the LICI Building in Suva, High Commissioner P. S. Karthigeyan said the Commission is well positioned to assist the game at the grassroots level.
While celebrating the Friendship Festival between India and Fiji to mark the 73 years of their diplomatic presence in Fiji, the Commissioner said providing support to cricket Fiji and the teams in Lau in a way to promote the sport is the best way to celebrate the occasion.
“Seeing the interest here, the enthusiasm and the energy of the field. I’ve been fortunate to sponsor the India Fiji T20 tournament to mark the Azadi Ka Mahotsav (the celebration of India’s 74 years of independence).”
“I could see the real interest, energy and enthusiasm amongst Fijian players and I was left wondering why Fiji cannot do better.”
He also mentioned that Fiji can become like the West Indies – a world beater because it has all the required qualities to become a champion team in the game of cricket.
“Fiji is like the West Indies- the world beaters at one point of time in the 1870s, 1980s and 1990s.”
“It will mark the beginning of a long association with cricket Fiji and also with the good playing community in Fiji. We hope and wish to see Fiji doing well in the world of cricket in the coming months and years.”
Cricket Fiji Chairman Ratu Meli Saubulinayau said this initiative to support grassroots cricket development is particularly commendable as it reflects a commitment to fostering the sport at its foundation, ensuring that aspiring cricketers in Fiji have the necessary tools and resources to pursue their passion.
“This gesture goes beyond the boundaries of the cricket field; it symbolises a shared commitment to community, collaboration, and the spirit of goodwill between our nations.”
“Cricket has the power to transcend borders and bring people together and this initiative is a testament to the belief that the growth of the sport is a shared responsibility. The collaboration between the Indian High Commission and Cricket Fiji exemplifies the strength that lies in partnerships aimed at creating positive change.”
He also acknowledged the potential that this support unlocks for the future of cricket in Fiji.
“It is not just about cricket gears; it is about empowering our young talents, instilling values of sportsmanship and creating a legacy that will inspire generations to come.”