Toronto Police Cricket Team (TPCC) participated in the Worcester City Police Cricket Carnival from August 10 to 14, in Worcestershire, England.
The Toronto Police Cricket team was consisted of seven active members, two retired members and three community members.
The International Police Cricket Tournament is held every two years with Police, Fire and Military cricket teams joining from all around the world. This year, Toronto Police Service, New York Police Department, Worcester Police, Kent Police, Hereford and Worcester Fire, Adjutant General's Corps took part with Kent Police winning the tournament beating Adjutant General's Corps.
Graham Bloomfield, who spent 41 years with West Mercia Police and is the current chairman of Worcester Police Cricket Club that organizes the event, said: "We formed this event in 1996 and it's not all about Cricket...it's to foster relationships and swap ideas about best police practice across the world.”
The other objective of this carnival was to bring together first responders and military personnel from all around the globe and allow them the opportunity to build life lasting friendships while playing their favorite sport in the Mecca of Cricket - England
Toronto Police Cricket team was led Captain Constable Asad Khan and the club president Detective Mansoor Ahmad. The team played at some of England's finest cricket grounds. It was an excellent opportunity for Toronto Police members to play at such International standard level cricket grounds. The level of playing competition was extra-ordinary as many players from English Police teams were part of their respective County Cricket teams or the Premier League.
Toronto Police played their rivals New York Police Department (NYPD) in a highly anticipated North American match up in Hagley cricket ground. Toronto Police came up on top by defeating NYPD by 4 wickets. NYPD batted first and scored 144 runs. TPCC scored the required runs with 5 deliveries to spare. The run chase was led by captain Khan (52 runs) and Ahmad (38 runs, not out).
Constable Mustafa Popalzai’s all-round performance was noted by all attending the event and he was named as the “Player of the Series”.While Constable Abbas was also very impressive with the ball and was nominated as the best bowler for the event. 31 Division Constable Amir Butt also played couple of impressive innings in this tournament. TPCC members not only impressed their counter part on the field but their professionalism off the field was the talk of the town.
Toronto Police Cricket team also visited the West Mercia Police headquarters, where they had the opportunity to tour the historic site. TPCC members were also invited to see the West Mercia Police Dog Services and Fire Arms Training unit.
One of the highlight of the tour was the Cricket Carnival Dinner at the glorious Graeme Hick Pavillion and Cricket ground in Worcester. In attendance were former international one day and test cricket players from England and the West Indies who participated in a Q&A with the players of the tournament and shared their past experience and memories in an unforgettable night.
The team was thrilled with their overall experience and many of them are already looking forward to the next tournament in 2017.