EMBASSY OF INDIA IN MEXICO
The Indian Team, captained by Indian envoy to Mexico Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy, conclusively won the Inaugural Ambassadors Cup 2014 Cricket Tournament played in the T20 format at the Reforma Club in Mexico City on 22 March 2014. The Tournament, the first of its kind ever to be held in Mexico, was organized by the Mexico Cricket Association (MCA) and sponsored by Land Rover, Jaguar, Hackett London and other well-known brands. Four teams participated in the tournament: India, Australia, Great Britain and Mexico. India played against an Australian team captained by the Australian Ambassador to Mexico. India won the match with a very respectable total of 205 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Ambassador Chinoy & Tarun Sharma opened the innings, but it was Manish Sirohi of Indian company United Phosphorus whose outstanding score of 127 runs (not out) clinched the match for India. The Australian team was unable to chase down India’s total, and finished with 151 runs for 5 wickets. Amar Chinoy, Manish Sirohi, Tarun Sharma, Tushar Gupta and Ambassador Chinoy restricted the Australians with their bowling. In the second match of the day, Mexico won against a British team captained by the British Ambassador to Mexico. Mexico’s win over a regular cricket playing nation was no doubt made possible in large measure by the fact that the team featured several Indian players holding Mexican nationality.
India also emerged as the champion of the Ambassadors Cup 2014, on the basis of its overall net run rate. The event attracted a large crowd of expatriate spectators from the participating countries as well Mexicans, and was widely covered by the print media and local TV channels.
The Reforma Club is the only place in Mexico where cricket is regularly played, primarily by the expatriate community. At a height of nearly 8,000 feet, it is also possibly one of the highest cricket fields in the world, with a lush green outfield, nestled amidst hills. The Mexico Cricket Association organizes several league matches during the cricket season, with teams such as the Bengal Tigers featuring players from India. It also seeks to promote the game of cricket in Mexico by organizing an annual Charity Ball.