July 25, 2009

A Ranji Trophy in Ireland

The Ranji Trophy has now found a new home in Ireland

The Ranji Trophy has now found a new home in Ireland. Maharaja Ranjitsinhji will be honoured as his name will be used in a match played between an Irish and an ‘Indian’ team in Dublin. The tournament is the brainchild of Anne Chambers, an Irish author who wrote a book on Ranji's 1924 visit to Ireland.

The match will be played at the 417-year old Trinity College in Dublin.

P.S Raghavan, who took up the task of making the tournament a grand event, said the series will be "a big event within the context of the growing ties between India and Ireland."

"It is in commemoration of Ranji's ability to cross-over racial boundaries that on the publication of my book - Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara - I made available a trophy of Irish silver to be played between an Irish XI and a team comprising Indian nationals living in Ireland," Chambers told IANS.