Cricket Teaches Life Skills

31 Division

A three-month cricket coaching clinic administered by 31 Division recently concluded with a limited-overs round-robin tournament.

With the support ofProAction Cops & Kids, the Toronto Catholic and Public school boards and the 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, officers helped the students at Westview Centennial Secondary School, Emery Collegiate Institute and C.W Jefferys Collegiate Institute develop their cricket skills.

“While enjoying the sport of cricket, we also provided the youths with life skills,” said Constable Amir Butt, a member of the Toronto Police Cricket team. “The emphasis was on discipline, teamwork, respect and mutual understanding and the students were very receptive.”

In the final of the four-team tournament, the officers came out victorious over Emery Collegiate Institute.

“The tournament was very competitive and we had fun competing with the students,” Butt added.

Zecari Simmons was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Emery Collegiate Institute’s Mahalia Mubasher – the only female player in the competition – captured the Best Bowler Award for clinching the most wickets.

Khanzada Khan of C.W Jefferys won the Best Batsman prize.

In addition to Butt, the 31 Division team comprised Constables Colin Mohammed, Sohail Nadeem, Tarandip Saini, Amandeep Malhi, Niran Jeyanesan and Mohammed Shoeb Ud Din.

A boy swings a cricket bat with a man about to catch the ball in front of a row of boys on a bench
A student takes a swipe at the ball as his teammates look on Photo: 31 Division
A man in TPS uniform holds a trophy out to two other men
Inspector Riyaz Hussein thanks officers for their work on the cricket program Photo: 31 Division
A boy throws a ball
A boy bowls in a cricket match Photo: 31 Division
A man in TPS uniform stands at a table surrounded by people in cricket uniform
Trophies and medals were given to participants in the tournament by Inspector Riyaz Hussein Photo: 31 Division

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