All set for GP Gymkhana Shield tournament 

02Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
All set for GP Gymkhana Shield tournament 

DAR ES SALAAM cricket players have yet another chance to showcase their skills, given this year's GP Gymkhana Shield tournament is expected to start at the end of this week.

Skippers of outfits, which will battle it out in this year’s GP Gymkhana Shield competition, pose for picture during the competition’s launch at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) on Friday last week. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DGC CRICKET SECTION

Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) Cricket Section captain, Ashish Nagewadia, noted the T20 formatted tournament will run for 14 weeks with matches taking place at the club's oval.

Nagewadia disclosed the event has General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes as main sponsors.

ASAR Limited, SBC Tanzania, Mgen Insurance, AFRO Turk, Catridge World, PS Limited, I& M Bank and Jaykey Trading are the event's co-sponsors.

"The tournament would have been played in February, this year, but it was cancelled due various issues against Gymkhana, but it was ultimately approved due to the support of the club management and Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe," he disclosed.

"I would like to thank them for looking at the wider picture of cricket development rather than trivial issues that always harm the development of the cricket."

"Due to the misunderstanding, we lost two lead sponsors, who had offered significant amount of cash to host this tournament."

The sponsors' decision to opt out, as disclosed by him, came about because of the uncertainty and negative publicity the situation was attracting.

"It has not been a smooth ride for this season's edition but, in the end, we made it," he noted.

"This competition would not have taken place if we had not received the support from General Petroleum."

"When all doors for support were closed, I called General Petroleum official, Zafar Khan, to once again support us and within a short time he approved his company's readiness to serve as lead sponsors."

"Premier Refinishes followed suit, turning into the tournament's other main sponsors... without General Petroleum and Premier Refinishes we would have hosted this tournament," he noted.

"We, as well, would not have managed to import full uniforms that we will present to the participating outfits."

"I use this opportunity to wholeheartedly appreciate the support that has come at such a short notice."

He also expressed gratitude to the competition's co-sponsors for their willingness to support the tournament. Mgen Insurance and Catridge World bhave backed the GP Gymkhana Shield competition for the third time in a row.

"Every success depends on a group of people. I thank the entire organizing team for seeing to it everything is looked at and covered," he noted.

He said without the committee's support and cooperation shown by the participating teams, the competition would have struggled.

Caravans Club won the previous edition of the competition after thrashing Jain Sangh by six wickets in a pulsating final which took place at the DGC oval early in September last year.