| Puchong, Malaysia | 6 May 2017 | Asia Samachar |
The north emerged victorious at the Lall Singh Trophy annual cricket match between North Sikhs and South Sikh held for the first time in a cricket stadium and played under the floodlights. Last year, South Sikhs took home the trophy when they played in Penang.
“The significant of the tournament this year was the first time it was held in a cricket stadium, courtesy of the Malaysian Cricket Association and it was played under the floodlights,” organising chairman Dr. Harjit Singh tells Asia Samachar.
The Lall Singh Trophy was handed over to the champions by Dr. Amarjit Singh Gill, a former national cricket captain.
Harinder Singh Sekhon of the North Sikhs was adjudged as named man of the match, Virandeep Singh as the best batsman and Pavandeep Singh as the best bowler.
Malaysian Cricket Association president Mahinda Vallipuram was the guest of honour. Also present were some former national and state Sikh cricketers, including Dr. Jagdev Singh Gill, Dr. Amarjit Singh Gill, Col (R) Manjit Singh Gill, Bhupinder Singh Gill, Dr. Jaspal Singh Gill, Avtar Singh, Suresh Singh, Harbinder Singh and Mervinder Singh.
The organisers were excited to see a number of young Sikh cricketers emerging in the tournament, including the likes of Virandeep Singh, Pavandeep Singh, Harinder Singh Sekhon and Shaunvinder Singh, who are currently representing the national senior and junior teams.
Lall Singh, after whom the trophy is named, played for India in their debut Test at Lord’s against England in 1932. He played for Southern Punjab for two seasons, and returned to Malaysia where he lived out his life as a groundsman. He played 13 matches for the Federated Malay States and Malaya, scoring 722 runs and taking 34 wickets, writes Mihir Bose (A History of Indian Cricket, 1990).
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