Suniel Shetty and Zaheer Khan Join Hands to Launch Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB)

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Investor Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Mithesh Sharma(investor), Jasmeet Bhatia(investor), Muttiah Muralitharan and Suniel Shetty

Renowned Bollywood superstar and sports enthusiast Suniel Shetty, cricketing legend Zaheer Khan, and investors extraordinaire Jasmeet Bhatia and Mitesh Sharma,  announced the launch of Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB), India’s first nationwide cricket league for amateur cricketers recently.

FCB will feature 16 teams representing various regions of the country. Registration is open to players who are 15+ years, and the best performers will be selected, subject to an intensive 22-city talent search. The league aims to discover the most talented and passionate amateur cricketers from across the country.

FCB is an exciting endeavour aimed at encouraging the nation’s cricket lovers to pursue their dreams of playing competitively by giving them a massive platform to showcase their talent. After two intense selection rounds involving several thousand aspiring cricketers across multiple cities in India, the final 224 players will be divided into 16 teams.

These teams, which will be mentored by internationally renowned cricketing legends and leading coaches from across India, will then compete with each other in an exciting 15-over a side format. Each shortlisted player will receive a participation fee of INR 1 lakh along with exciting cash rewards for the winning teams.

The top 14 performers of FCB will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the FCB All-Stars Team and participate in a local club level tournament in Australia.

The launch ceremony was hosted by emcee Gaurav Kapoor and graced by some of the most iconic names in cricket such as Zaheer Khan, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chris Gayle, and Praveen Kumar. Industrialists Jasmeet Bhatia and Mitesh Sharma, co-founders and promoters of FCB also stated that a few more international cricketing icons would likely be signed on as mentors for the upcoming season of FCB.

Suniel Shetty, co-founder of Ferit Cricket Bash said, “Movies and cricket are two unifying factors in our country, and as a sports enthusiast, I am most excited to launch FCB in partnership with Zaheer, Jasmeet and Mitesh. There is no dearth of passion for cricket in India, and it is almost a religion for us. Even at my age, I look forward to the opportunity of playing a game of cricket regardless of whether it is on a film set or in the lane outside my house. Our endeavour with FCB is to bring young and old ‘ziddi’s’ together on a national scale, and let the cricketing fervour take over. Although FCB is for amateur cricketers, the joy and pride of representing your city or state will push you to go that extra mile, and that is the essence of what we are creating here. Cricket is a way of life for a majority of us, and the most passionate ones deserve the chance to know what it feels like to live the game.”


Zaheer Khan, Cricket legend and co-founder of FCB said, “I started my journey amongst hundreds of other cricket enthusiasts, and most of us had nothing, but our love for the game that kept us going. It was the opportunities I had while participating in local tournaments back home that later enabled me to represent my country. Therefore, I most definitely realise the value of an opportunity given to amateur players, especially those with humble beginnings. Many passionate cricketers we’ll encounter during our search may not aspire to become professional players, but at FCB, it won’t stop them from fulfilling their desire of becoming a part of a team, having their names on their jerseys, playing on beautiful grounds across India or having their friends and families rooting for them, while the nation watches. That is the USP of FCB, and I am very proud to be associated with Suniel Anna, Jasmeet and Mitesh. I look forward to encouraging and engaging with India’s most talented cricketers.”

Tavinderjit Singh Panesar, President of DSport Business, the official broadcasting partner of FCB added, “Cricket is India’s most cherished sport. The heart and dedication that the country’s millions of amateur players show – whether it is in the gullies of Mumbai, or the fields of Punjab – is truly incredible. FCB’s idea of supporting these amateur and talented cricket players in such a meaningful and exciting manner is genuinely brilliant, and we are thus elated to associate with stalwarts like Suniel, Zaheer, Jasmeet and Mitesh for this venture. We are certain that the passion these young men display on and off the field will resonate strongly with audiences across India.”

The Ferit Cricket Bash is going to be conducted in July/August 2019. However, registrations and the following selection process for Phase 1 will begin on 20th December 2018. If you have dreams of glory, and spirit of cricket in your blood, be sure to log on to or give a missed call on +91-98710-63063.

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Mumbai girl Apurva Pravin Thakur bags ‘Miss Teen Universe India 2019’ title

mtu.It was a starry night to remember as the winner of the ‘Miss Teen Universe India 2019’ was crowned in Noida Film City on December 18.

In a spectacle show, ten beautiful teens enthralled the audience to compete for the most coveted title with their attitude, personality, allure, and glamour.

With a whopping three-hour runtime, this year’s Miss Teen Universe India pageant has it all – from being beautiful to have an exceptional blend of mind, and the crown goes to Apurva Pravin Thakur, who hails from Mumbai and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia.

Competing with beauties from over the country, Apurva won hearts and was crowned in Noida’s Marwah Studious by the previous year’s winner Srishti Kaur.

Apurva was impressive since the beginning of the competition. With a splendid introduction, she said, “I am really excited to represent India at Teen Universe 2019. I would like to thank everyone for the love and support”.

The architecture student, who floored the judges to bag the sought-after title, couldn’t believe herself when her name was announced and reacted with extreme joy. Her family, who were in the audience, couldn’t hold back their excitement as well.

Apurva has now advanced to the next level of the competition and will be representing our country in Panama (USA) for the most sought-after title.

Besides, Palak Kholi bags the first runner-up, who hails from Delhi and is Pursuing BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Vivekananda Institute for professional studies, and the second runner-up title was bagged by Chavi Mehal of Delhi, who is pursuing Fashion Media Communication from Pearl Academy

The event witnessed an awe-inspiring opening dance act on ‘Ganesh Vandana’. After which, the finalists were given a chance to introduce themselves in front of the spectators. Finalists proved their mettle by facing tricky and brain-twisting questions from the panel of eminent judges including Dr. Rita Gangwani (Retired Lieutenant) who is considered as a well-known Personality Development Mentor, Aarti Kapur (Co-founder and director of Marigold Naturals), Tammana Singh (MD of Uberlux India), Sharmila Jethmalani (Chief Stylist – Network 18, CNN-IBN), Asma Gulzar (renowned fashion designer) and Television celebrity personality Rapper Maddy (MTV Spiltsvilla contestant).


From evening gowns to Indian couture, the contestants walked the ramp with full confidence and pride.

The teens came from various social, geographical backgrounds which includes Apurva Thakur (Mumbai), Neel Anjana (Delhi), Palak Kholi (Delhi), Saniya Arora (Noida), Nritya Akansha (Delhi), Samiksha Ingle (Aurangabad), Jahnavi Rishitha (Delhi), Chavi Mehal (Delhi), Megha Dass (Delhi) and Sanskrit Sharma (Delhi).

The finalists were selected from pan-India on the basis of an online audition.

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