In early 2010, a team of Indian expatriate cricket enthusiasts in Johannesburg, South Africa realized that apart from the social aspect of the game, the medium and sports and cricket could be utilized for more worthwhile cause and resolved to focus on spreading the message around the need to preserve and protect tigers. They discussed the possibilities with friends and family and found instant and widespread support for the cause and the medium. Soon the group was joined by enthusiast cricket player as well as non playing members to help with support efforts for the team and the cause. The team came to be known as Eastern Tigers.
As a social and responsible cricket club, the objectives of Eastern Tigers are to:
– Actively participate in tiger conservation efforts. Outgrow of the process of spreading awareness, establishing contacts and building a valuable network for tiger protection through the beautiful medium of sports / cricket. Building a momentum to the cause of saving the tigers in the wild. Long-term commitment to tiger conservation efforts.
– Playing social and competitive cricket. The highlight of each game of Cricket we play would be dedicated to the cause of tigers, with the aim of creating public outcry to protect our tigers from extinction.
– Signature campaign on and off the field in support of the cause for saving tigers
– Visit schools and other appropriate institutions and initiate dialogue / spread awareness around tiger conservation
– Organize events to provide a platform to tiger conservationists for issues to be raised, engaging key stakeholders in discussions and providing concerned citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions and contribute to the cause.
More about the Tiger
The tiger is the world’s largest and most magnificent cat that once roamed widely throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. The earliest known portrayal of the Royal Bengal Tiger in India comes to us from the Indus Valley Civilization where a 2500 BC seal featuring a tiger was found. The tiger plays a central role in the existence of human life on earth. The presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well being of the ecosystem. When we protect one tiger, we protect about a 100 sq. km forests which provide ecological services like clean air, water, pollination, temperature regulation etc. This way, our planet can still be home to our children.
The tiger population in India and elsewhere in the world is moving towards extinction faster than we can say Tiger! At the beginning of the last century, there were an estimated 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, wild tiger numbers are possibly as low as 3,200. And with each passing day, evidences continue to mount that their numbers are falling steadily.
Organized, large-scale and relentless poaching and habitat loss threatens their existence. Virtually everywhere tigers live, they face ruthless aggression and apathy that threatens their survival. Indeed, over the past century, 3 of the 8 sub-species that existed became extinct; the Caspian, Javan and Balinese tigers. And at the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, it is estimated that tigers as a species in the wild could completely be wiped out within the next ten years.
Sadly, unless we reverse the present rate of decline, our children will grow up in a world without wild tigers. As it approaches its darkest hour, the tiger’s survival is now entirely in humanity’s hands…including yours.
The more people we can reach and make realize the importance of saving tigers, the more success we will have.
Lets ROOAARRR to make a concerted effort…so that the majestic creature can continue to ROOAARRR into the future!!!
For more information on the Eastern Tigers Cricket Club contact, Minakshi(dot)Sharma(at)krosstech(dot)com