Cricket has always been more than a game for the Indians. It is the heart and soul of many living in the country or outside. Whenever there is a big cricket match, like India versus Pakistan or India versus Australia, everybody stops what they’re doing and focuses on the game.
However, it becomes tough for the Indians residing outside the country to watch or play the game as passionately as they do while being in their homeland. It has a lot to do with the fact that cricket isn’t much popular in some countries while others have multiple sporting culture.
Notably, India has the largest diaspora population in the world with 32 million people living outside the country. This large cricket starved population yearns to have the sport played in their country of stay.
Realising this issue, Power Sportz – India's first live digital Sports channel – has come up with the idea of Global Power Cricket League (GPCL), aspiring to cater to the Indian diaspora population.
While the inaugural edition of GPCL is set to be held in India’s capital New Delhi from October 2 to October 9, the T20 tournament will move to Middle East, USA, Canada, UK, and South Africa in the coming years.
In Middle East alone, 10 million Indians reside whereas a total of 8 million plus Indians are settled in countries like USA, Canada, UK, and South Africa.
The GPCL T20 will not only give the fans a unique experience of watching the sport, but it will also provide a perfect platform to the Indian diaspora global youth cricketers to showcase their skills in front of a capacity crowd.
It is pertinent to mention here that the GPCL organisers have laid down a rule, as per which, it is mandatory for the teams to have players of Indian origin in their set-up.
The teams featuring in the tournament are from eight different nationalities, including India, Australia, England, USA, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
For the inaugural season, each team has signed a number of young cricketers and they will get an opportunity to rub shoulders with marquee international players such as Ian Bell, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Gulbadin Naib, Callum Ferguson, Narsingh Deonarine, Dilshan Munaweera, Kirk Edwards among others.
The GPCL will be broadcasted worldwide, giving the Indian diaspora global youth cricketers an ideal break to impress everyone with their T20 prowess, which will also open doors of opportunity for them.