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They too need ?whites? on the field

THEY ONCE committed ?black? deeds. But on February 14, they wish to be seen in whites. The Model jail administration is insisting that they be seen in their off-white coarse khadi kurta pajama instead.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 01:09 IST

THEY ONCE committed ‘black’ deeds. But on February 14, they wish to be seen in whites. The Model jail administration is insisting that they be seen in their off-white coarse khadi kurta pajama instead.

On Valentine’s Day this cricket team with Sagir, convicted of murder, as its captain would take on students of the American Centre For Languages at Sampoornanand Jail Training Institute on Jail Road.

With deputy jailor, Anil Tyagi acting as their coach, the jail inmates are busy practising. On Friday too they practised on the jail premises.

On Sunday, they would play a practice match with a local team to tone themselves up on the Model Jail premises.

But, their big worry is whether they would get to wear the ‘whites’ on field on the Valentine’s Day. HT learnt that the inmates were ready to fund the expenses on their kit. They have given the request for the same in writing to the jail administration as well. Still, Suresh Chandra, senior superintendent Model Jail, is not too sure whether the jail inmates could be given permission to play in the proper kit.

“They are convicts. So it remains to be seen whether they can be allowed to play in their kits. There is also the issue of expenses involved in the same,” he said.

The unique cricket team of Model Jail has all the players required in any good team—there are pacers and spinners, keeper and batsmen, vice-captain and captain.

So far the team has a 1-1 record, having won against a team from the Criminology Department of the Lucknow University and lost to a team of district jail.

The team’s vice-captain, Shamael is also a murder convict. And interestingly enough the murder that he committed was also over a cricket match in Bijnore.

Anand Shukla, a number 3 batsman of the team, too is a murder convict, so is the wicket keeper bat Bhulawan and team’s powerful hitter, Surendra. Right now all are focused on the job at hand—their cricket match in proper kit!

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 01:09 IST