Ashwin Foundation, Gen-Next conduct talent hunt

The winners of the Ashwin Foundation scholarship will undergo scientific training under the watchful eyes of Ashwin for a period of one year.

Young cricketers at the talent hunt held at the Center for Sports Science of Sri Ramachandra Medical College.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The Ashwin Foundation in partnership with the Gen-Next Cricket Institute conducted a talent hunt at the Center for Sports Science of Sri Ramachandra Medical College at Porur, Chennai on Saturday and Sunday.

Boys aged between 10-16, who had a formal introduction to cricket were eligible to participate.

“Over 150 kids participated in the talent hunt across two days conducted by Yo Mahesh and Murugan Ashwin. After round one yesterday and round two today, we zeroed in on 25 out of the 150,” said Sudarshan D, Chief Operating Officer of the Gen-Next Cricket Institute.

The final round of filtration will happen on June 6 when India all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin will handpick five players who will be awarded the inaugural Ashwin Foundation scholarship. The winners will undergo scientific training under the watchful eyes of Ashwin for a period of one year.

“The kids will be unveiled at an event on June 11 June and their cricket coaching will be free of cost, funded by Ashwin,” added Sudarshan.

Talking about the Ashwin Foundation, Sudarshan said, “Ashwin has been promoting good causes for a long time now. But he has been doing it under the wraps: supporting people who cannot afford much and helping children with their studies locally. Through his foundation he wanted to take it to the next level and get a lot of people supporting it too. The more the better!”

An eye-donation programme will also be organised at the unveiling event on June 11.