A CELEBRATION of the contribution made by Indian talisman and Kenilworth Wardens star Sitanshu Kotak to cricket will take place next Wednesday with a special challenge match.
Kotak brings to an end his 20-year spell with the Wardens and during that time he has become one of the club’s dominant figures in the Birmingham Cricket League.
His longevity is all the more remarkable given that until last year he also returned to India each winter to play a full season of first class cricket.
“The words ‘great’ and ‘legend’ are massively overused in sport, but I can’t think of anyone about whom they are more appropriate,” said Paul Smith, head of cricket at Kenilworth Wardens.
“Tak has scored over 20,000 runs and taken over 1,000 wickets for our club, whilst becoming known as someone who epitomises most of the qualities we all admire in our sporting heroes.
“He is the most determined, hard-working cricketer possible, but also a complete gentleman, renowned for his ability to shake the hand of everyone he meets, then shake them again to be sure he hasn’t missed any first time.
“I really hope lots of people turn out to see him on Wednesday, and in particular we are hoping to see plenty of current and former cricketers from around the local circuit.”
The Lloyds Bank Challenge Match takes place on August 12 and will see an International XI play against the Birmingham Premier League Select XI, which will be managed by its general manager Nick Archer.
A host of well known names in the sport are set to play including Melbourne Stars’ Big Bash batsman Alex Keath, Gauteng’s Dom Hendricks, wicket keeper Arminder Brar and all-rounder Amitoze Singh. who both play first class cricket in India.
Entry to Glasshouse Park is £2 on foot, or £5 per car, with bar and catering available.