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The Spring Fling 2009 tournament, where business meets sports, was a chance or rather an excuse for the members of the IE Community to regroup, network and enjoy the beautiful city of Barcelona after weeks of tight classes and deliverables. With lots of sports activities and networking events, teams where getting in shape after weeks of slogging with the case studies and project in the School. One among them was the IE Cricket Team. With no club activity in place the members gathered, and organized not one but two teams to participate in this sporting event. The IE Cricket Team prior to the tournament practiced with the Madrid Cricket Club (MCC), affiliated to International Cricket Council, and held a practice match which consisted of professional players and local trainers coming from different parts of the world – England, Australia, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. The IE Cricket team’s motto was clear – It was all about people, so the team had members from India, Brazil, England, South Africa and Spain. Come 28th of March and we were in rainy Barcelona. The tournament kicked off with 6 teams participating in this team event: 2 from IESE Business School, 2 from IE Business School, 1 from INSEAD Business School, and 1 from ESADE Business School. It was drizzling throughout as we started preparing for our opening game and this discouraged some of the members of the participating schools including IE Cricket team to some extent. The fact that Cricket and rain don’t get with each other as they do in Rugby/ Football put us in two minds whether to go ahead with the play. It was a wonderful atmosphere and despite the bad weather all the teams agreed to play and enjoy the atmosphere – there was no looking back. With slight drizzle around the park the umpires finally decided to start the play. We started off our opening game with ESADE. Some superb team work and collective batting and fielding helped us chase the scores, but in vain. The team lost marginally with just 5-6 runs to win in the end in a high scoring match. A similar situation for team 2 who was playing against INSEAD. Later team 1 went onto play against IESE – a do or die game, and yet again we managed to hardly disturb their batting line up. Regardless, the team held their heads high and went along to party with other members after the tournament. Barbeque, drinks, people. A wonderful networking event for most of us and each one of us was eagerly looking forward for. And that’s when we thought – Match on!! For IE Cricket Team – It was all about people…  

 

Fantastic efforts from first time cricket players Claudia Lafee (MISM 2009), Luciana B. (IMBA 2009) and Carlos Mesquita (IMBA 2009). And special thanks to our supporters and photographers for cheering us!! – Carla Procopio (Partners 2009), Megha Singhi (Partners 2009) and Shalakha Kamerkar (IMBA 2007)

 

Participating Cricket Players – IMBA 2009 (alphabetically): Anand Rao, Anuj Maheshwari, Anurag Singhi, Carlos Mesquita, Claudia Lafee (MISM 2009), Diwan Singh, Gajesh Jain, Luciana B., Rakesh Sharma, Satyendra Pasari, Sidharth Shakdher, Venu Kannan, Vikas Jain.

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