Trained by Amarnath, Sabarmati inmates to pad up against judges

Convicts in heinous crime lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail will play against judges of district, metropolitan and sessions courts and advocates practising in these courts, in a unique T-20 cricket match on December 14. The inmates are being trained by former Indian test and one day international cricketer Surinder Amarnath, son of the legendary Lala Amarnath.

The prisons department aims to boost the spirit of sportsmanship and fitness among the jail inmates by organising this match which might see judges facing convicts sentenced by them.

The State DGP, P C Thakur, said, "The inmates are being trained by Surinder Amarnath and his son at the parade ground. The activity was initiated to bring the spirit of joy and sports among prisoners who are interested in sports and are also fit to play sports".

The prison authorities have short-listed 24 convicts who will put up a match on December 14 at the parade grounds behind Sabarmati Central Jail.

Around 50 convicts had shown interest in participating in the T-20 match of whom 24 were shortlisted.

Amarnath will select the best performers before picking the final 11 who will play. The prisons department decided to seek Amarnath's guidance to give the best experience of training to the inmates who had so far played only gali cricket in their life.

One jail inmate said on condition of anonymity, "It is for the first time we are enjoying and participating in a game of cricket wearing professional gears. We have played cricket in our childhood on streets. Cricket gives immense pleasure and it was one of our dreams to play a match against policemen. However we are getting to play against advocates and judges and this is a challenge we want to win".

The convicts lodged are accused of murder, attempt to murder, abduction, rape and other heinous crime and therefore, seldom get to participate in development and entertainment activities.

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