Cricket Teaches Life Skills

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6 a.m. April 28, 2016

A three-month cricket coaching clinic administered by 31 Division recently concluded with a limited-overs round-robin tournament.

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A student bowls during a matchup
  • A boy throwing a ball
  • A boy swings a cricket bat with a man about to catch the ball in front of a row of boys on a bench
  • A man in TPS uniform holds a trophy out to two other men
  • A boy throws a ball
  • A man in TPS uniform stands at a table surrounded by people in cricket uniform

With the support of ProAction Cops & Kids,  the Toronto Catholic and Public school boards and the 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, officers helped the students at Westview Centennial Secondary School, Emery Collegiate Institute and C.W Jefferys Collegiate Institute develop their cricket skills.

“While enjoying the sport of cricket, we also provided the youths with life skills,” said Constable Amir Butt, a member of the Toronto Police Cricket team. “The emphasis was on discipline, teamwork, respect and mutual understanding and the students were very receptive.”

In the final of the four-team tournament, the officers came out victorious over Emery Collegiate Institute.

“The tournament was very competitive and we had fun competing with the students,” Butt added.

Zecari Simmons was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Emery Collegiate Institute’s Mahalia Mubasher – the only female player in the competition – captured the Best Bowler Award for clinching the most wickets.

Khanzada Khan of C.W Jefferys won the Best Batsman prize.

In addition to Butt, the 31 Division team comprised Constables Colin Mohammed, Sohail Nadeem, Tarandip Saini, Amandeep Malhi, Niran Jeyanesan and Mohammed Shoeb Ud Din.

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