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Cambridge University Cricket Club appoint Sanchit Gandhi as president of junior committee

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Sanchit Gandhi has become a trailblazer in the men’s section of Cambridge University Cricket Club.

The 21-year-old fourth-year engineering student at Queens’ College is the first person to hold the role of president on the Light Blues' junior committee.

It was a role that was created last July, and aimed at replicating the junior committee currently in place on the women’s side of the club.

Cambridge University Cricket Club president Sanchit Gandhi
Cambridge University Cricket Club president Sanchit Gandhi

“On the men’s side, it’s primarily been the captain who has done all the organising of the teams, on and off the field,” said Gandhi.

“At the end of last season, talking with the committee, the captain of the men’s side wished to emulate what was going on with the women’s side.

“The inception of a new president’s role was with the idea of taking off some of the less solely cricket related tasks that a captain has had to deal with in the past.”

Gandhi was elected president, and the role has meant liaising with NGBs, such as the ECB and MCC, to organise fixtures, work with Oxford University to organise the Varsity Match, and just the general day-to-day running of the club.

It has meant working closely with captain Nick Taylor to make sure that the role is worthwhile.

“It’s just being the outwards facing representative of the club in all cricketing and non-cricketing related affairs to allow the men’s captain to focus more on creating the greatest environment which would allow them to focus really on the teams they are running and cricket selection,” he explained.

Gandhi joined the club as a fresher and he has played for the Blues in various fixtures, and represented the second team, the Crusaders, in their Varsity Match a number of times.

It is why being able to give something back to CUCC has been so important.

“Playing for the club over the last three years have been some of my proudest moments playing cricket in general, and being able to represent the university is a very prestigious accolade to be able to have,” he said.

“To be able to be the first president representative of the club is obviously something I’m very proud of.

“I’m just very happy to be able to give back to the club in this way especially considering all the platforms the club have laid down over the last few years not just for me but all the other playing members.”

One of the biggest challenges during this academic year has been keeping all players engaged to maintain team spirit and atmosphere. They have done that through a number of initiatives, including a Varsity runathon in which they clocked more than 2,000km to beat Oxford.

And hopefully it will stand them in good stead this summer.

“We want to make sure that as soon as we can get outside and training, we hit the ground running and make sure everyone is ready to get going for the season,” added Gandhi.

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