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20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Cricket boost for Israel E-mail

Newly elected Israel cricket president Joseph Tal, who was born in Mumbai, has sought the support of his native country to nurture the existing talent in Israel. Tal’s family immigrated to Israel in the 1960s when he was 16.

“There are a lot of Indian-origin youngsters playing for the Israeli national cricket team and also in the Israeli league. Most of them have grown up following Indian cricketing legends” he told the PTI news agency.

“In the past there has been some effort to work out some sort of a training programme for our cricketers with the help of BCCI (the Board of Control for Cricket in India), which is the national governing body for cricket in India. We would like to renew those efforts and see if we can get some sort of support from BCCI to help nurture our young talent,” he said. The Israeli league has 18 teams participating at two levels. Tal wants to change that and plans to start a programme to take cricket into schools and attract youngsters of diverse origins to the game.

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