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Cricket Plus young talent amazes off-spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq!!!
This Summer, on 23rd July 2017, Saqlain Mushtaq the legendary Pakistani off-spinner who is also working with England's national team as a Spin Consultant, visited Cricket Plus Academy to work with the young talent. Saqlain was warmly greeted by the young cricketers and their parents, spoke to them about his cricketing career as to how he worked his way up as a child to make it to the Pakistan's National side.
After the briefing, Cricket Plus young talent were ready to play a match. Saqlain discussed bowling plan with the bowling team while head coach Faisal Khan went through the batting plan with team batting first. From the ball one till the last ball was delivered, some great exciting cricket was played by young Cricket Plus talent. They batted with precision, bowled with skills and fielded with passion and awareness. Saqlain was thoroughly amazed by seeing the talent, the way the youngsters were able to use their own initiative to bat and ball with discipline along with the correct technique. Saqlain said; every young cricketer had his/her own ability and skills to get the job done either as a bowler, batter or as a fielder. I am highly impressed by their cricket. They certainly play their cricket with passion and love and have huge respect for the game of Cricket which is very important.
He further said; I am extremely pleased to see the parents involvement and highly appreciate their efforts as without their support it would be very difficult to flourish the talent/skills of these amazing young cricketers.
After the match, Saqlain further went on to run the bowling and batting drills with the young talent. At the end of the session, Cricket Plus head coach Faisal Khan surprised all young cricketers and their parents when he mentioned that Saqlain Mushtaq would be bowling 3 balls each to all participants. This certainly brought smiles on everyone faces as they all picked their bats and started to get ready to face Salqlain with huge excitement. The smiles extended further whenever Saqlain Mushtaq bowled his "Doosra" delivery.
In the end Saqlain mentioned; I always enjoy working at Cricket Plus Academy. It has been a great journey with Cricket Plus and I am aiming to conduct more Master Classes at Cricket Plus in the future
A delightful treat for Cricket Plus young talent!!!
On 27th March, Cricket Plus young talent along with their parents were invited to meet England’s batting coach Mark Ramprakash. Mark who had just finished 3hr Master Class session with passion cricketers, was pleased to meet the young cricketers from Cricket Plus Academy.
After having conversation with young talent, Mark was given a challenge by head coach Faisal Khan, asking him to play a “Kwik Cricket” match with the young talent where he can bat with them in pairs as well as face their bowling at the same time. Mark took the challenge happily, kept his gears on and took his stance at the striker’s end, ready to face the young bowlers who could not wait to bowl against him.
Everyone got extremely excited especially the parents who could not wait to see their children play a game of cricket with Mark Ramprakash. Initially, Mark had asked Faisal Khan to shorten the length of the pitch so then bowlers can bowl comfortably but when he faced the first paced delivery, he had a big smile on his face and asked Faisal to put back the stumps at the non-strikers end back to its original position. From the first bowl till the last bowl delivered, there was so much energy and excitement there. Bowlers were trying their best to get Mark out while batters who were batting with Mark showed some excellent batting skills by playing some impressive shots all-round. In the end the fielders managed to get Mark Ramprakash run-out twice.
In the end of the session, Mark spoke to young talent as well as their parents. He mentioned; I must say that I am so impressed by your talent, the way you all bowled and batted. I saw some intelligent cricket played by you all and highly impressed by your fielding skills. You all took some amazing catches, stopped balls from going to the boundary and especially the run outs that you young cricketers were involved in was just amazing to witness.
I saw great energy, commitment and passion in you all and I advise you to carry on practicing hard and play the game with the same love and passion. Mark also appreciated parents involvement in supporting their children in order for them to achieve their cricketing goals.
Mark will be coming back to Cricket Plus Academy in the future to conduct more exciting Master Classes.
Mark Ramprakash works with passionate cricketers!!!
A Magnificent Master Class with Mark Ramprakash at Cricket Plus Academy!!!
England's batting coach, Mark Ramprakash, visited Cricket Plus Academy in Luton on the 27th March 2016.
The passionate cricketers and their parents were eager to see him, and gave him a warm welcome on his arrival at the academy.
In the Master Class, Mark started off with some immensely effective fielding drills through which the participants not only learnt the art of fielding but also managed to warm up and work on their core muscles. After the fielding drills everyone was prepared for some exciting batting drills demonstrated by Mark Ramprakash. The batting drills involved the front foot, off and on side drives followed by practicing hook, pull and cut shots.
Mark along with head coach Faisal Khan and Cricket Plus team, worked with participants in pairs as well as worked on each passionate cricketer’s batting technique on 1-2-1 basis. The participants were amazed to see as to how small adjustment in a technique can improvise their ability to play each stroke effectively.
After the batting drills, it was time for batting nets where each batsman faced combination of fast and spin bowlers. During the batting net session, Mark visited each lane and further worked on each batsman’s batting technique and approach to the ball. During the batting nets, Mark also assessed bowlers bowling actions and techniques and gave them some invaluable bowling tips.
At the end of the session, Mark spoke to all the participants and answered their cricketing related questions in a Q&A session before he got everyone excited by padding up himself and got ready to face the bowlers. That was one scene to watch where every participant was eager to take Mark Ramprakash’s wicket.
At the end of the Master Class, Mark Ramprakash said ; “ I am highly impressed by the commitment shown by all the participants. I really enjoyed working with them. They had great energy and enthusiasm and worked very hard. They all have huge passion for cricket and talent for sure”. He further said; having talent is one thing but to perform well consistently one must practice hard on a regular basis and always remember and follow the basics of cricket.
Mark will be returning to Cricket Plus Academy again to work with passionate cricketers, so watch this space!
Batting Master Class with Mark Ramprakash on 27th March, 2016
English Team's and Cricket Plus batting coach Mark Ramprakash is to conduct a batting Master Class on 27th March, 2016 at Cricket Plus Academy!!!
The England's ex-test batsman and current batting consultant will be teaching the "Art of Batting" while working passionate cricketers at the Academy.
The Master Class will last for 3:30hrs approx followed by Q&A session where guardians and coaches can join their children/students/players.
So come and join the Master Class and be a part of some exciting cricket coaching.
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Graham Gooch Batting Master Class
A Magnificent Master Class with English Legendary Batsman Graham Gooch!!!
English legendary batsman and Captain Graham Gooch visited Cricket Plus Academy to conduct a batting Master Class on 10th October, 2015. Graham along with head coach Faisal Khan and his Cricket Plus team were given a very warm welcome by the young passionate cricketers age from 7yrs-13yrs along with their parents and coaches.
Graham started off the Master Class with a brief talk with the young talent, their parents and coaches, emphasising on as to how important it is to follow the basics of batting and to work hard with full concentration. He gave a detailed demo about the basics of batting which included grip, stance, head position and balance before he went on to focus on the first part of the session "The Run Maker".
Graham in the first part of the Master Class focused on the off drives, on drives, hitting over the top, hitting over extra cover, and sweep shot. He in pairs of 12, worked with young talent on each shot through Drop Feed Drills. The young cricketers enjoyment and excitement while working with their cricketing hero was witnessed by their parents, coaches and the Cricket Plus team. They were all concentrating hard to get their techniques right in order to play each shot correctly.
The second part of the Master Class boosted the young cricketers when Graham Gooch ran "Straight Drive" competition where all 24 participants were divided into two teams and were encouraged to play perfect straight drive between two targets. This got everyone on their toes as they were focusing at their best to play straight drive with the technique taught by Graham himself.
To the surprise of young participants, Cricket Plus head coach Faisal Khan organised a Kwik Cricket match between two teams. Graham lead team of 12 boys whereas head coach Faisal Khan took charge of rest of the young talent including one girl cricketer. After an exciting display of cricket where Graham Gooch batted and loosen his arm by bowling one over, his team ended up winning the match by 36 runs. It was all smiles in the end and everyone’s confidence and excitement was sky high.
At the end of the session, Graham spoke to young cricketers and their parents/coaches during Q&A session and gave them some invaluable tips and suggestions. Graham mentioned; I enjoyed working with Cricket Plus Academy. They are very professional and doing great work by nurturing the skills and abilities of young talent. He further mentioned; it is my first time in Luton working as a coach. I am totally amazed to see how much talent Luton has and I thank Cricket Plus for given me this opportunity and look forward to come back to Cricket Plus to work with more young passionate and talented cricketers.
Cricket Plus head coach Faisal Khan mentioned; it was a huge honour for us all to have worked with Graham Gooch. He not only taught young talent the "The Art of Batting" but also gave some invaluable coaching tips to our Cricket Plus team/coaches. Our team is already excited to practise Graham’s coaching techniques in our upcoming winter courses.
Khan further said; it was once again great to see children’s parents and coaches supporting them to achieve their cricketing goals. Graham highly praised their involvement and believes that this will build huge confidence in young cricketers, enable them to focus and concentrate well in achieving their cricketing goals.
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Cricket Plus Young Talent Achieves Milestone
Cricket Plus Young Talent Achieves Milestone!!!!
Cricket Plus passionate cricketers from Beech Hill School won two major school tournaments. On 3rd June, they were part of one day tournament where they competed against number of schools from Luton, Bedfordshire. After a playing an exciting game of cricket they managed to win the final for the first time in Beech Hill primary School's history. This made them automatically qualifying for Bedfordshire County Championship where they on June 26th once again amazed everyone by winning the final and lifiting the trophy in the end. No school from Luton has ever won a County Championsip trophy before. With the hard work of young talented boys and girls, Beech Hill School was able to do that with pride and honour. Thanks to all yound talent especially Safa, Diam, Moiz, Alishba, Laiba, Ashar and Ahsan for outstanding performances.
Faisal Khan, the Cricket Plus head coach said; its a proud moment for all of us. I have been working with young talent from Beech Hill School since 2013 and to achieve such goal is simply amazing. I enjoy every bit of it, working with young talent and always believed that they can win any competition if only they carry on working hard and listening to their teachers which they did with great effect.
Khan further said; this year, we had a previlege working with former English fast bowler Alex Tudor who at Cricket Plus also worked with Beech Hill young cricketers. It was one invaluable session we had where our young cricketers learned so much about "Basics of Cricket" and the way of delivering their skills and talent.
Faisal further mentioned; there is no way we could have won the tournaments without the hard work and guidance of Beech Hill's head coach Mr Asim Munir. His dedication, management skills and restless efforts towards building the Beech Hill cricket teams was simply amazing. He has been working to develop cricket within Beech Hill School from past 6 years. Working with Mr Asim was a great honour and I thank him for support, also for sharing his own effective coaching techniques and ideas during Cricket Plus coaching sessions. I thank Mr Asim and Beech Hill's Head Teacher Mrs Bosher for choosing Cricket Plus and hopefully we, Cricket Plus, will look forward working with them in the future to achieve more cricketing goals.
Batting Master Class with Graham Gooch
A Batting Master Class With legendary English Batsman Graham Gooch!!!
England's ex-captain Graham Gooch will be conducting a Batting Master Class on 10th October, 2015 at Cricket Plus Academy.The legendary test batsman will be teaching the "Art of Batting" while working along with the young talent age 7yrs-12yrs at the Academy.
So come and join the Master Class and be a part of some exciting cricket coaching.
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Date: 10th October, 2015
Venue: Cricket Plus Academy, Luton, Bedfordshire
Time: 12:30pm- 3:30pm
Age of Participants: 7yrs-12yrs
Fee: £60 per person
Alex Tudor Working With Young Talent
Alex Tudor the ex-England and Surrey County Fast Bowler conducted a Master Class at Cricket Plus Academy on 7th February. Alex along with head coach Faisal Khan and his team were given a warm welcome by the young participants both boys and girls from the age of 7yrs-12yrs. Alex started off the Master Class with a Warm up session followed by some essential and productive drills, through which he taught young trainees the Basics of Batting, Bowling and Fielding as well. In the last part of the session, Alex got the young passionate cricketers involved in Kwik Cricket where Cricket Plus young cricketers both boys and girls had a chance to show their skills and talent.
Faisal Khan, the founder and the head coach of Cricket Plus said; the children had a great time working with Mr Tudor and enjoyed the Master Class to fullest. They thoroughly enjoyed the session and learnt some invaluable techniques through several drills demonstrated by Alex, which would enable them to improve their all round cricketing skills and abilities for sure. Alex not only focused on the young trainees cricketing skills but also worked on their fitness too. He encouraged youngsters to eat right, exercise on a regular basis and follow the healthy lifestyle regime.
At the end of the Master Class Alex mentioned; I am highly impressed by the young talent at Cricket Plus. Both boys and girls certainly have huge passion for the game. The talent that they have, if they listen to their teachers and coaches then I see no reason as to why they can't compete at the highest level in the future.
Alex, in the future, will be coming back to Cricket Plus Academy to conduct more Master Classes for all aspiring and established cricketers.
Australian Test Cricketer Phill Hughes Passes Away
Phillip Hughes (Nov 30th 1988- Nov 27th 2014)- An elegant batsman and a true gentleman who sadly passed away after suffering an injury on 25th November at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Phil Hughes, the Australian left handed test cricketer who lost his battle with life yesterday (27th Nov) has left the world of cricket and its fans saddened.
A hard working cricketer who always looked to improve his game at all levels, had all kinds of shots in his bag, loved the game of cricket and had huge respect for it. Whether it was his favourite cut shot, magnificant cover drive or a pull shot, he played each shot with great authority and control. He had developed his own technique in playing variety of strokes throughout his short but successful career.
Faisal Khan the head coach of Cricket Plus Academy said; we at Cricket Plus, our staff, trainees and followers are deeply saddened by the death of Phil Hughes. We extend our deep condolences to Phillip Hughes's family. Faisal Khan said today "The World of Cricket has lost a very talented hard working cricketer who had so much to look forward to and will be missed by all cricket lovers". Khan further said, "We have decided to observe a one minute silence at our next week's training session to pay our respects to Phil Hughes".
Kwik Cricket at Cricket Plus Academy!!! Where the youngsters showed their talent.....
The young talent who were part of Cricket Plus Summer Camp at Cricket Plus Academy, finally had opportunity to show their talent by playing the game of cricket. Faisal Khan, the head coach, saw them competing with great passion, showing vast improvement in their skills and abilities in all departments.
Faisal said; we had a great Summer Camp where me and my team worked on every individual’s techniques and mindset as well as encouraged them to work on their fitness. I was so pleased to witness some excellent cricket played by the young talent on 2nd September, 2014 at our Academy. They certainly remembered the “Basics of Cricket” as it was evident in their game that was played with great passion and excitement.
Khan further said; the young cricketers have certainly worked very hard throughout the summer and played some excellent cricket and now it’s time for them to reflect upon their performance and continue to work hard in winter in order to raise the standards for their cricket even further.
Cricket Plus will be running Winter Classes throughout the winter from October 2014 until March 2015 where young passionate cricketers will work closely with their head coach Faisal Khan and Cricket Plus Team in order to achieve their cricketing goals for next season and further.
Cricket Plus Summer Camp 2014
Cricket Plus Academy is running Summer Camp for all young passionate cricketers age from 7yrs-16yrs. The Coaching Camp will involve improving and equipping the batting, bowling and fielding skills of all young cricketers as well as working on their physical fitness and mental toughness.
The Coaching Camp starts from 12th August- 20th August. This will be followed by Cricket Plus One Day Kwik Cricket Tournament on 26th August where young cricketers will be able to show their skills/talent through the game of cricket.
So come and join our exciting Coaching Camp this summer!!!
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Cricket Plus Young Talent Visit Lord's Cricket Ground
Cricket Plus Academy’s young trainees had privilege to visit Lord’s Cricket Ground along with head coach Faisal Khan. The young talent from Beech Hill Primary School who have been working with Cricket Plus head coach saw the “Home of Cricket” for the first time. The boys and girls were very excited especially when they entered the actual ground itself. From the actual ground, they went on to visit the Lord’s Media Centre, The Pavilion, practice ground and the Lord’s Museum where they saw the original “Ashes Urn “.
Later, they all had great honour in meeting England’s ex-fast bowler Devon Melcom. Faisal, the Cricket Plus head coach said; we had a great season this year where our boys and girls teams done exceptionally well. They were part of four major competitions where they were semi-finalist on 3 occasions and on the 4th, they managed to reach the finals. The boys and girls worked very hard and certainly deserved a treat in the form of visiting the “Home of Cricket”. Khan further said; I am grateful to Beech Hill Primary School’s management and staff who supported us throughout the season. It has been pleasure working with Beech Hill’s young talent and hopefully next year, we will be aiming to win some trophies.
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Wasim Akram "A Cricketing Genius"
Wasim Akram, the legendary fast bowler and Cricket Plus Associate Coach achieves yet another landmark by winning the IPL 2014 tournament for Kolkota Knight Riders. Wasim joined KKR in season 2010 and saw his KKR side winning its first title in 2012. Akram during 2012 season worked closely with Indian and overseas pace bowlers such as Brett Lee, Kallis and Balaji. He later stepped down from the post of mentor and bowling coach of IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders citing personal reasons.
After a one year break, Akram all fresh and ready to join his KKR side who had lost its title in 2013, got all his pacemen together and went through some serious training. He not only worked wtih KKR bowlers but was equally available to advise his batsmen with same affect. Yousaf Pathan knock of 72 runs of 22 balls came through Wasim’s influence. After smashing 72 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pathan mentioned; Akram’s advice was of great help to me to prepare mentally.
“Wasim Bhai is a great inspiration and he has a lot of good advice from all his experience that any player can learn from. He has helped me with the mental preparation and understanding a bowler’s mindset to the game,” (Pathan told PTI in an interview).
Faisal Khan, the Cricket Plus Head Coach mentioned; Wasim Akram is a true “Cricketing Genius”, a complete all-rounder. He has always produced his best as cricketer and since becoming a mentor to KKR bowlers and many other youngsters all round the world especially at Cricket Plus Academy, Akram has certainly been a great inspiration to all learners at all levels. Khan said; the young passionate cricketers at Cricket Plus always enjoy working with Wasim bhai and learn a lot from such legendary fast bowler during Fast Bowling Master Class at Cricket Plus Academy.
Faisal further mentioned; number of our young fast bowlers at Cricket Plus are now playing for competitive clubs and counties and bowling with some confidence. They are following their mentor Wasim Akram’s advice which is helping them to bowl fast with discipline, enabling them to take wickets too.
Cricket Plus working with young talent!!!
It’s all happening at Cricket Plus Academy!!!
Cricketing Plus Academy has been running 8 weeks Coaching Programme for young passionate cricketers including both boys and girls. The young talent from Beech Hill Primary School and local community have been working closely with head coach Faisal Khan. They have been working on the “Basics” of batting, bowling and fielding. Head Coach Faisal Khan said; we have been given privilege to work with Beech Hill boys and girls and the young talent from the local community and I must say that I am highly impressed by their talent, discipline and commitment. They all have been working very hard and take the game itself very seriously while enjoying playing it at the same time.
Faisal added; the idea of Cricket Plus Coaching Programme is to nourish the talent of young sports persons. Our aim is to educate the youngsters as to how important it is to ensure that to become a good cricketer, they need to eat right, train hard, follow the basics, enjoy the game of cricket and above all respect and listen to their parents and teachers. He further added; the youngsters are working very hard with huge passion and if they carry on working hard then I do not see the reason why they shouldn’t represent their local club/county cricket team(s) in future.
Cricket Plus 8 Weeks Coaching Programme
Cricket Plus starting 8 weeks courses for young passionate cricketers at Cricket Plus Academy!!!
Cricket Plus will be running 8 weeks Coaching Programme for young cricketers (age 8-12yrs) from 28th April, 2014. The 8 weeks coaching sessions will involve understanding of basics of batting, bowling and wicket keeping. Along with "Basics of Cricket", Cricket Plus expertise will also be working on young participants physical fitness as well as mental toughness.
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Venue: Cricket Plus Academy (Luton, Bedfordshire Branch)
Dates: 28th April- 23rd June
Fee: £70 per person
Yongsters should work on their fitness- Wasim Akram
Left arm legendary pace bowler and Cricket Plus associate coach Wasim Akram told young passionate pace bowlers at Cricket Plus Academy to strictly work on their fitness.
Akram said; to gain more pace, youngsters got to go for running and sprinting every next day or so. There is no other easy way of becoming a fast bowler. You've got to work hard on your fitness by eating healthy food along with keeping up with your excercise regime and simply bowl in nets for longer time period as possible. This how my mentor Imran Khan developed his fast bowling skills and abilties and this is what I'd followed to generate more pace throughout my 19 years of international career.
Cricket Plus Head Coach Saqlain Mushtaq heads to West Indies
The world legendary off-spin bowler, the Cricket Plus Academy's head coach Saqlain Mushtaq flies to West Indies to work with their spin bowlers. Saqlain was recently approached by West Indies cricket board through their head coach Otis Gibson to work with their spinners and he gladly accepted the offer. Saqlain told Cricket Plus; "I am having a great time working with Bangladesh's National side and now looking forward to this new challenge".
The players who will take part in the camp are: Devendra Bishoo, Shane Shillingford, Veerasammy Permaul, Ashley Nurse, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne and Stafanie Taylor. Saqlain will run the coaching camp with West Indian spin bowlers for three weeks before he travels back to Bangladesh to join their National side.
Cricket Plus head coach Faisal Khan added; Once again I would say that it is a proud moment for us (Cricket Plus) to see our head coach Saqlain Mushtaq joining West Indian spin bowlers this time. His love for cricket is enormous. Whether it is at Cricket Plus Academy or his involvement with the National sides, he always loves to help passionate cricketers, sharing his invaluable experience with them.
Always please to work with young passionate cricketers- Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq the legendary off-spinner shared his views about young talent with whom he worked closely at Cricket Plus Academy till date. He said; I am always please to see young talent at Cricket Plus Academy who have huge passion for cricket, eager to learn with discipline and patience and above all have a right attitude to compete at all levels.
Saqlain mentioned; along with my colleague Faisal Khan, we have seen number of aspiring and established cricketers. We have worked with off and leg spin bowlers and at times involved in polishing batting and wicket keeping skills/techniques of young cricketers but what impressed me the most is the fact that the parents would travel from distance to be a part of our Coaching Sessions and The Master Classes. That was one good scene to watch and I really appreciate parents supporting their children in order for them to achieve their cricketing goals.
He further said; if the youngsters work hard with passion and positive attitude while respecting their parents and coaches, I do not see why they cannot achieve their cricketing goals in future.
I am along with Faisal and Cricket Plus team, thoroughly enjoying my time at Cricket Plus Academy and looking forward to some more exciting Master Classes in future.
Saqlain Mushtaq will be back soon this year for some more exciting Spin Bowling Master Classes.
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Wasim Akram Fast Bowling Master Class
The left arm pace legend Wasim Akram conducted Fast Bowling Master Class at Cricket Plus Academy on 24th of June, 2012, in Luton. It was his first ever visit to Luton, Bedfordshire. Wasim along with head coach Faisal Khan and the Cricket Plus team were given a warm welcome by the participants, their parents and coaches. He then went on to deliver two individual Master Class sessions.
Wasim focused on the basics of the fast bowling which included the grip, run up, action and the follow through. He worked with the passionate cricketers on one-on-one basis as well as delivered lectures and fast bowling demo in groups. Along with fast bowlers, Wasim also gave some invaluable tips to the batsmen.
Wasim said; I always enjoy working at Cricket Plus Academy. They are very professional and always try their best to provide the best training and facilities to all aspiring and the established cricketers. I was so pleased to see the young talent in both sessions and appreciate their parents and coaches, the time they spend on their children/students to achieve their cricketing goals.
I hope the basics I taught them; they will follow them all the way to improve their bowling skills further. They all have lots to achieve and I wish them all the best and look forward to see them again in future.
The participants, their parents and coaches had travelled from Leicester, Manchester, Southampton, Rutland, Peterborough and beyond.
Wasim Akram will be back at Cricket Plus Academy next year to conduct some more exciting Master Classes and will be working with the youth and local community along with Faisal Khan and Cricket Plus team.
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