Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Eleven defeated the Chief Secretary’s Eleven in a cricket match organised as part of the IAS officers’ Services Week celebrations, at the La Martiniere ground here on Sunday.
Having scored a half century against the IAS officers’ team, CM Akhilesh Yadav was adjudged the man of the match. Senior minister Mohammad Azam Khan presented a trophy to Akhilesh’s team, which also included ministers Raghuraj Pratap Singh and Pawan Pandey. The Chief Secretary’s Eleven, led by Uttar Pradesh IAS Association president Alok Ranjan, had senior officers such as Navneet Sehgal.
Yadav’s team won the toss, chose to bat and scored 141 runs in 20 overs, with Akhilesh emerging the highest scorer -- 52 runs off 36 balls. The IAS officers’ team was defeated by two runs and was bowled out. As in the last year’s match, the bureaucrats played in a manner that made victory easy for the Chief Minister’s team. “We don’t dare defeat the Chief Minister as we need good postings,” remarked a young IAS officer during the match.
Unlike his bureaucrats and ministers, the young CM was very agile and shone as a fielder too, when the IAS officers played shots. But the small crowd of ministers, officers, their wives and mediapersons did laugh when he dropped an easy catch in the mid wicket.