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NRWCU GAN 2014

Photo of Cricket stars at GAN 2014
Photo of Cricket stars at GAN 2014

The 15th of November 2014 was a historic day for german cricket with the first of its kind GAN event taking place on the Saturday night in Cologne.

This Gala and Awards Night was organised by the NRW Cricket Union in order to help raise the profile of cricket in Germany and to acknowledge the achievements  of those who have done so much for the sport in the country. Also recognised were the performances of teams and individual players in recent seasons while young players received awards for their outstanding progress with bat and ball.

As legends of the cricket world took the trouble to visit the city in order to support the cricket development activities of the NRWCU in the state, cricket lovers in Cologne were stunned to see their heroes wandering around the german city prior to the event.

Amongst the very special guests were Arjuna Ranatunga (SL), Aravinda De Silva (SL), Abdul Rassaq (Pak); Andrew Hall (SA), Kabir Ali (Eng), Isa Guha (Eng) and Ian Anderson of Cricket Deal Direct UK.

Kind messages of support were sent by the Lord Mayor of Cologne, Jürgen Roters, and the Lord Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch while Ravi Bopara, Fraser Stewart, Gulfraz Riaz, Moeen Ali, Kadeeer Ali also sent video greetings (see right column).

The occasion also marked the official launch of the NRW Cricket Academy, an initiative started by the NRWCU to help support the development of young players in the state whilst also offering opportunities for other players from around Germany to take part in workshops with leading players and coaches from around the world help raise cricket standards in the country.

Also announced was the establishment of a sponsored German Premier League in 2015. This is to be a new national competition for the strongest clubs around Germany, providing a new challenge for the top players while helping to raise cricket standards in the country in conjunction with the NRW Cricket Academy.

The presentations of the awards by the prominent guests were interspersed with some fantastic song and dance performances while hostess Lisa Wischer of german tv station Sat 1 did a marvelous job of compering the show and Wrapchic provided some delicious food for all the guests.

After the event, NRWCU Senior Development Manager, Ravi Navaratnam, said that he was overwhelmed with the support received and was looking forward to pressing ahead with continuing progress and change in the german cricket world and promised that GAN 2015 would be even bigger.

GAN 2014 Stage photo

The Award Winners of the NRWCU's GAN 2014

  • 2012 Fair Play team of the Year: Mülheim CC. Presented by Abdul Razzaq
  • 2012 Player of the Year: Mudassar Razzak  Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Abdul Razzaq
  • Special Awards: Veterans Cricket Club Bonn e.V.. Presented by Abdul Razzaq
  • 2013 Fair Play team of the Year: Duisberg CC. Presented by Andrew Hall
  • 2013 Player of the Year: Rauf Akbar Khan Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Andrew Hall
  • T20 Champions 2013: Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Andrew Hall
  • 2014 Fair Play team of the Year: Xenia Sports Verein. Presented by Kabir Ali
  • Best Batsman: Rauf Akbar Khan  Presnted by Kabir Ali
  • Best Wicket Keeper: Humayun, Duisburg Cricket Club. Presented by Isa Guha
  • Man of the Match: Ahsan Muhammed, Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Isa Guha
  • Man of the series: Rauf Akbar Khan, Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Aravinda de Silva
  • Best Bowler: Naeem Ali, Bochum Cricket Club. Presented by Aravinda de Silva
  • Special Awards, GAN 2014: Shani Ali, Bochum CC and Ibrahim Kareem (Hessen). Presented by Aravinda de Silva
  • Player of the year 2014: Rauf Akbar Khan, Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Arjuna Ranatunga
  • 2014 Runners up: Bochum Cricket Club. Presented by Arjuna Ranatunga
  • 2014 Winners Dortmund Cricket Club. Presented by Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda De Silva and Abdul Razzaq
  • Life time Achievers Awards: Joachim Manzke (DSSC Berlin), Dhushan Etanayake (Göttingen), Anja Himmelsback (Xenia SV Köln). Presented by all special guests
  • U15 Player of the Year: Umair Chaudhry, Xenia SV. Presented by Kabir Ali
  • U16 Player of the Year: Pardeep Jaswal, Xenai SV. Presented by Andrew Hall
  • U17 Player of the Year: Hamza Chaudhry, Xenai SV. Presented by Isa Guha
  • U18 Player of the Year: Tharake Kurukulasuriya. Presented by Aravinda De Silva
  • U19 Player Of the Year: Noor Mohammed Niyazi, Xenai SV. Presented by  Arjuna Ranatunga
  • NRWCU PL Team 2014: Dortmund CC. Presented by Abul Razzaq
  • Team Player of the Year Woman 2014: Anja Himmelsbach, Xenai SV.  Presented by Isa Guha
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Ravi Bopara

Abdul Rassaq

Kadeer Ali