Lancashire Cricket return from successful week in Mumbai
Lancashire Cricket’s visit to India has been hailed a huge success after the squad returned from a pre-season training tour in Mumbai.
Based at Reliance Corporate Park, the training base of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians, Glen Chapple’s squad took advantage of the warm weather and world-class facilities to progress their preparations with outdoor practice ahead of the 2020 season.
The tour finished with a match against a very strong Reliance XI with Lancashire running out winners by six runs in a closely-fought encounter. As well as the First XI’s training and matches, the Club were also involved in a number of off-field engagements, both in the community and exploring international business opportunities.
Three members of the touring party – Tom Hartley, Jack Morley and Warren Hegg – visited the Railway Children charity at Dadar Railway, learning about the aims and work of the organisation as well as meeting young children the charity assists in Mumbai.
Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, and members of the Club’s Executive Team presented to Indian business executives at the Deputy High Commissioner’s residence to explore potential business opportunities, with a particular focus on the travel trade wanting to bring fans to the India Test match at Emirates Old Trafford next summer. There was also a high number of high quality MICE and conference and event buyers hearing about the award winning facilities at Emirates Old Trafford including the 1200 delegate The Point and the 150 bedroom four star on site Hilton Garden Inn hotel.
Former Red Rose player and Indian international, Farokh Engineer, was present as part of the Club’s delegation, taking part in a special question and answer session alongside Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry and hosted by Warren Hegg, for those in attendance.
In addition, Daniel Gidney has also attended a two-day, India-UK Sports Alliance conference, sharing insights on the £60 million infrastructure investment that has taken place at Emirates Old Trafford over the last ten years and the innovative partnership with University Academy 92, which opened last September. The Alliance is part of the Department for International Trade for the UK Government, responsible for trade agreements between the UK and non-EU states, and was set up to develop stronger ties in the sports sector between the UK and India.
The tour follows on from a number of trade missions the Club has been part of over previous months. Last October the Club’s senior independent director, James Sheridan, travelled to India alongside the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, as part of his inaugural trade delegation to mutually strengthen trade, investment and cultural links.
And earlier this year Lancashire and England opening batsman, Keaton Jennings, led a three-person delegation including Sales Director Angela Hodson, and Head of Marketing Christian Mullarkey, from the Club to network with prospective clients and agents in the country, highlighting opportunities in relation to next year’s Test match at Emirates Old Trafford, alongside Visit Manchester and Visit Britain.
Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney, said: “We have enjoyed a valuable time in India on all fronts and we thank all involved for their welcome and hospitality in the country.
“During last year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, in which India played three matches at Emirates Old Trafford including the Pakistan fixture, we wanted to explore the possibility of increasing our presence in a country that shares our love and passion for cricket. Our ambition is for Lancashire Cricket to become every Indian's second team.
“It has been a highly productive tour both from a cricket and commercial perspective and we look forward to further developing relations in the country over the coming months and years. I would like to thank the British High Commission in Mumbai, Visit Britain, DIT and MIDAS. Also without the support of the Manchester India Partnership, the visit would not have taken place."
Crispin Simon, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia, UK’s Department of International Trade and British Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai and West of India , said: “I am delighted that Lancashire Cricket Club was in Mumbai, training at the home of the Mumbai Indians. The cricketing ties between India and the UK have always been strong, and it is wonderful that Lancashire Cricket are working to strengthen these bonds further.
“The UK government will continue to support the growth of the sports economies in both our countries, through the Indian-UK Sports Alliance, which brings together influential individuals in both countries to help drive collaboration. I welcome Lancashire Cricket to the Alliance and look forward to their continued presence in India.”
Lancashire Cricket Head Coach, Glen Chapple, said: “Our time in India has been hugely worthwhile. The players have been able to take advantage of some of the best facilities in the world and work on their games, both individually and collectively.
“It sets us up nicely for the next stage of pre-season and the upcoming tours to Dubai and South Africa next month.”
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