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Gloucestershire Cricket Board will embark on their third overseas performance tour this February as they take a boys and girls squad to tour India for the first time.

Following two very successful tours to Sri Lanka with our partners Lion Sports Travel, the 2020 tour to India provides an exciting opportunity to explore a new destination, known for its incredible passion for cricket.

A squad of 15 girls and 15 boys have been selected from across the performance pathway from a variety of age groups to take part in the 13-day trip, where they will get to grips with the challenges of sub-continent touring and test their skills against local opponents. The tour will include visits to Agra, Jaipur and Delhi including a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, with 5 fixtures lined up against local opposition and a number of training opportunities included.

The tour party includes 25 new tourists, who will be experiencing touring with Gloucestershire for the first time, with 5 return tourists included. The boys’ squad will be led by Head of Talent Pathway, Tim Hancock whilst the Girls Squad will be led by Women & Girls Lead, Lisa Pagett. The tour party staff will also be boosted by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Head Coach Richard Dawson who will be joining the tour for the full duration.

A number of fundraising activities will be taking place in the lead up to the tour by the players to help raise funds for the trip – this has already started with a successful fundraising evening at the Vitality Blast T20 Quarter Final at The Bristol County Ground and has continued with the ‘Run to India’ challenge – where the group are getting sponsored to run from the Raj Mahal restaurant in Stapleton, to the Taj Mahal in Agra!

Alongside this, the tour party will be supporting Lion Sports Travel community charity PRANAV, collecting unwanted and unused cricket kit which will be distributed to underprivileged children in remote areas of India, to allow them to practice cricket safely and achieve their goals.

Head of Talent Pathway, Tim Hancock said “Touring offers young players a unique challenge and one I am sure this group of players will relish. India is a fanatical cricket playing country and I am really looking forward to seeing how individuals react to playing in and experiencing an environment and culture that is very different to what we experience everyday”.

Chief Executive, Steve Silk added “The tours to Sri Lanka with Lions Sports Travel have been first class in all ways and so we look forward to sharing this experience, this time in India, with a new crop of player. Tours provide the opportunity for players to show their appetite for the game and to develop under very different conditions. From previous tour parties we have seen members go on to become First Class professionals at Gloucestershire and Western Storm players; I look forward to seeing how this group develops”.

The tour party selected for India are:

Boys Tour Party

Max TrotmanTwyford House
Max ShepherdBourton Vale
Joe PhillipsTruro
Ollie WoodCirencester
Alex RussellFrocester
Sam SwingwoodMonmouth
Hamdi SaleemDownend
Stanley BrownCheltenham
Praneel ChouguleThornbury
Tommy BoormanDumbleton
Ahmed SyedThornbury
Sam BrooksBristol YMCA
Sami HamidWinterbourne
Luke CharlesworthAbingdon Vale
Owen LingardWinterbourne

Girls Tour Party

Alice HillCharlton Kings
Chloe SkeltonCinderford St John's
Abi WhybrowDumbleton
Lily KnowFrenchay
Cerys KingCorse & Staunton
Emma O'ConnorPoulton
Isabel CareyFrenchay
Chloe TingleBrockhampton
Phoebe BradfordFrenchay
Lottie GildersonDumbleton
Zoe DibbleCorse & Staunton
Sarah WalshFrenchay
Bea EllisCharlton Kings
Izzy PatelFrenchay
Alice MundyPoulton

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