Unsung cricketing heroes who protect cricket culture in Tanahun
Damauli sometimes had lots of cricket, not the official ones but the love for the game was immense. The ground above the famous Vyas Cave used to be once occupied by cricket players years back. Without much infrastructures, not much support from sports authority, the love for the game did not vanish with some young talents who wanted to protect cricket in Damauli. One among the cricketing talents in Tanahun is Vinay Bhandari. Vinay Bhandari was too passionate in cricket since he was a kid. He used to travel long way to reach the cricket ground to play the matches. This guy not only played cricket, he protected cricket in some way.
Along Vinay Bhandari there are other kids who want to play cricket professionally and make it a career despite hurdles. The recently held Expert College Premier League gave them another platform to represent their district. Playing from Satyawati Higher Secondary School, they managed to win against Kumudini Homes in the Final game. Team Satyawati not only represented college, in fact a whole district. Due to lack of proper ground infrastructures, these players were compelled to practice in cement plastered surface of the covered hall that too by trespassing from compound. There are much passionate and dedicated young cricketers playing on their own without any support. The ground they had for playing cricket previously (above Vyas Cave) has to be now shared with those who play football and volleyball games.
On their own dedication they also participated the last year's Expert School Level Cricket League at Pokhara where they became Champion and also got awarded with Best Batsman and Best Bowler of the Tournament. Without any support and help from any sports authority, associations or sports council, they are fighting to keep the momentum alive and protect the cricketing culture in Damauli. They do hear about Cricket Association of Tanahun but they neither heard any tournaments taking place nor a single help in their need. "It's of no use. We have no idea what they are up to. We had approached them for any kind of help for this CPL but we got nothing in return", they said.