Cricket: Trinity to host Ranji Trophy
Published 08/08/2010 | 05:00
An Irish XI will challenge an Indian XI cricket team made up of Indian residents in Ireland for the 2010 Ranji Trophy Ireland at Trinity College today (1.0).
The match -- which is being played for the second consecutive year -- was introduced in 2009 by Irish author Anne Chambers to commemorate Prince Ranjitsinhji, Maharajah of Nawanage, and to pay tribute to his promotion of Irish-Indian relations.
The Irish writer donated the Ranji Trophy for a cricket match to be played annually in the Prince's memory between an Irish team and Indian XI. It was subsequently developed into a fully fledged trophy by India's Ambassador in Dublin PS Raghavan, who will be in attendance today. Prince Ranjitsinhji was the most famous cricket player of his generation and the first non-Englishman to play Test cricket for England.
On July 17, 1924, he became the first head of state to make an official visit to the newly founded Irish Free State and subsequently became the owner of Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. Along with this, he was an advocate of Ireland as a tourist destination, boosting the fledgling state at a difficult time in Irish history.
The match is a focal point in the calendar for the recently established South Asia Initiative at Trinity College in Dublin's city centre. The college is expanding its South Asia Studies programmes aimed at developing research in Ireland into the history, literature and culture of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Today's match is sponsored by Ballynahinch Castle and it is hoped that the Indian community will come out in force to support the event, which will both entertain and stimulate interest in Ireland's links with India.