Philip Hughes Cricket Club was formed in the University of Hyderabad by three cricket enthusiasts on 28th July in memory of the late cricketing legend Philip Hughes. Mahesh Kumar Golla, Santosh Chintada, Naresh Nandoori laid the foundation of this new cricket club. The club was formed to bring together all cricket enthusiasts to enjoy the Gentleman’s game.
From a three member group, the club has grown into fifty members within a time span of one month. Mahesh who himself is a cricket player for the University says, “there are lots of budding talents in the University but everything gets wasted as there is no interest shown from the University authorities in providing them with basic facilities and there is an overall negligence shown towards sports”. The sole purpose as he says is to let the authorities be aware of this situation and bring about some changes through this new initiative. When asked why not an Indian player’s name but why go for a foreign player, Mahesh replied that “cricket is not just about a nation, it’s above that and as a cricketer I know it well”. Philip Hughes was not one among the cricket legends, but still he was a rare talent and he died on the pitch which he loved the most. This prompted them to go forward with the name.
The club has already organised a match for visually challenged students on the 1st and 2nd of August in which two teams took part. This match was organised with the help and guidance of Prof. Annavaram from Sociology Department. The event was a huge success and the winners were given prizes. A freshers’ cup is also being organised by the club which started on 8th August, has reached its semi final rounds. By organising matches and tournaments the club aims to find out new budding talents and improve the quality of the game in the campus. The fund for organising the events mainly comes from pass-out students and cricket enthusiasts in the campus. Rest of the money comes from members.
In future the club intends to organize more tournaments especially for faculties and hence aiming at an overall upliftment of the game. The club is also very active on social networking sites and regular updates are posted. For the club to strengthen up and for the elevation of the game there is a need for publicity and they are working on those grounds as well.