Jewellers Youth Forum (JYF) recently organized Zaveri Bazar’s first ever cricket league – the Jewellery Youth Premier League (JYPL). The league attracted a large participation from the jewellery fraternity with closely contested matches played.
JYPL adopted a unique format of forming teams from various jewellery industry categories that saw 165 players grouped into 12 teams from 12 categories – Gemstones, Allied, Committee, Plain Gold, Bangles, Antique Jewellery, Diamond Jewellery, Bullion, CZ Jewellery, Chain, Silver Jewellery and Mangal Sutra.
The players were selected through a screening process consisted of ranking the players based on their performance in nets at The Oval. Owners of the 12 teams competed with other teams to select the best players from the 165 players who got into The Player Auction for their respective teams. The Player Auction Process was handled by a professional agency with utmost transparency and witnessed an overwhelming attendance and response from all the participants of JYPL.
The inauguration ceremony saw the unveiling of the trophy. Over 80 exclusive trophies were studded with Swarovski stones. The JYPL trophy was unveiled at the hands of Rajendra Jain, Managing Director of Swarovski Gemstones Business; Mahendra Jain, director of Mukti Gold & Diamonds and managing committee member of JYF; Prithviraj othari, MD, RSBL and Govind Verma, MD, Jewels Trendz.
A T- Shirt, Tournament Jingle, Tournament Teaser, Team Video, Sponsor Video were also unveiled at the inauguration. The twelve teams competing were, Ganesh Gladiators, Jewel Star Kings, JYF Strikers, Payal Gold Lions, Mehta Masters,Pride Predators, Raj Diamonds Shining Stars, RSBL Kings XI, Shanti Knight Riders, Sky Warriors, Tiara Tigers and Trident Challengers.
Rajendra Jain, MD of Swarovski Gemstones Business said “Swarovski feels proud to be associated with JYPL, Jewellers Cricket league as a Trophy Partner. Swarovski adds sparkle to people’s everyday lives and have created desire and dream for every team & players just to win it to their best.”
Commenting on the inception of JYPL, Mahedra Jain managing committee member, JYF said that “initially we have visualized a box cricket tournament with a small budget, but with the support of the industry and especially the efforts put in by Prithviraj Kothari, it has transformed into a high-scale mega cricket league.” Prithviraj Kothari said, “The idea behind holding this cricket league is to connect the Zaveri Bazaar’s trade & its people. Sports is one of the best medium to bring people together as it has the power toinspire and unite people” During the event, JYPL mobile app, refreshment kit, team jersey and JYPL anthem were also launched by the dignitaries of the industry.
For each category a unique trophy was created, the various categories were Winner Cup, Runner-up Cup, Purple Cap-Best Batsman Trophy, Orange Cap-Best Bowler Trophy, Highest Boundaries Trophy, Man of the Match Trophy, Winner Team Trophies, Runner up Team Trophies, Sponsor, and Team Owners &Organizer Mementos.
The matches were organized on 23rd and 24th at Wilson College Gymkhana Ground, Marine Drive, Mumbai. This event was graced by Mr. Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman GJEPC) , Mr. Nitin Khandelwal (Chairman GJF), Mr. Mukesh Mehta (President IBJA) and other industry stalwarts. Jewel Star Kings and Trident Challengers reached the finals after a keenly contested league matches and Jewel Start Kings won the first JYPL with a convincing win. JYF would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors and partners for their support and encouragement.