Dad and daughter mad about the game

JONNY TURNER
Last updated 05:00 12/07/2014
Ankur Joshi
NICOLE JOHNSTONE/Fairfax NZ
STRONG PASSION: Ankur Joshi and daughter Rutu are hopeful that they will be selected as volunteers for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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Love for the game has inspired father and daughter Ankur and Rutu Joshi to apply to be volunteers when New Zealand host the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

The Joshis applied to be among the 4000 volunteers World Cup organisers need to help run the tournament.

A strong passion for the game was the motivation for the pair to get involved.

"Basically, I love cricket," Ankur Joshi said.

He played and umpired cricket in India before moving to New Zealand, and credited that background for his passion for the game.

"Cricket is a religion in India, every child wants to be Sachin Tendulkar," he said.

Ankur travelled to Christchurch, while Rutu went to Dunedin for the first round of interviews to be accepted into the programme.

After the initial interviews applicants go through a vetting process and would be advised this month whether they had been accepted, Ankur said.

A training programme for volunteers takes place in January.

Ankur expected to be involved with the transportation of officials to and from games, he said.

Rutu, a hotel management student at SIT, is as passionate about cricket as her father and supports both the Black Caps and India, she said.

The response to the drive from World Cup organisers to find the 4000 helpers needed to run the tournament had been positive but places were still open, event spokesman Philip Clark said.

A second round of interviews is expected to be held in September to source more volunteers.

They are needed in a variety of roles, including event operations, spectator services, transport and hospitality, he said.

Southerners are being encouraged to sign up to help at three games at University Oval in Dunedin.

The venue hosts the Black Caps when they take on Scotland on February 17, while Afghanistan play Sri Lanka and Scotland later in the tournament.

"So far 70 per cent of the 220 roles we need in Dunedin had been filled," Clark said.

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- The Southland Times

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