Vastavam web: The positive response garnered from the inaugural edition of St Moritz Ice Cricket tournament has encouraged promoters Akhilesh Bahuguna and Vijay Singh to think about making it an annual event.”The response has been phenomenal and we are happy that all the top cricketers of the world were convinced about the project and came on board. Our aim is to make it an annual event with a three-match series,” Singh, a resident of Switzerland, who conceived the idea in 2016, told after the completion of the event.
They agreed that it would have been better had they managed to organise the matches on a weekend, which could have attracted more spectators.”We didn’t get booking for the weekend because St Moritz’s most popular sport Ice Horse Racing happens on weekend, which is normally attended by close to 5000 people,” said Singh, who has been born and brought up in Zurich.
The players, on their part, liked the concept and felt that batting wasn’t as big a problem as bowling and fielding.The ball, when thrown from the deep, wasn’t bouncing enough before hitting the keeper’s gloves but these are things that can be worked upon.”May be for Ice Cricket, they can just about make the ball a touch lighter, may be it will help in bouncing more. Right now, it’s skidding more,” Shahid Afridi had said.