It’s Cricket Carnival at SAP

GS BPL“Chalo, Let’s go”.

The whole office seemed high-spirited and zippy, swarming across the floor which is unusual in the wee hours of Monday morning unless there is a potential customer escalation or fire drill.

The team managers along with their iconic players made a parade to grab their seats representing their team, carrying seven grand in their wallet for a strategic spending. The auction is about to begin. In the next two hours the 8 major teams will have to decide and build their team that would yield them victories this season. Its going to be a highly strategic business !

This year marks the 7th season for BPL, the official Cricket tournament at Globalization Services, SAP. And I play in BPL. Sadly, ‘B’ here is not an acronym for ‘Barclays’.

The teams are seated. The auctioneers have arrived already. There is a whole bunch of audiences, participants and players cheering and making loud noises as the event kicks off, with the first player being randomized by the online application, projected to the curious crowd. The teams must shop out with players in their carts, with the given sum of money.

Shopaholic Women couldn’t stand in front of these extravagant spending teams, as the team managers hollered their bid offer. Every time a player arrived on projector, there is loud cheer and applause and the offers thrown at the auctioneer to count up to three and finalize the bid. The tense situation starting to loom over the place, as the teams run out of money.

Ironically, I will be playing for the third consecutive season this year. How piteous of the teams to buy someone that is not a cricket loving creature. Yet I exhaustively enjoyed the sport and the ambiance created to have some fun and frolic off the work and giving my best, worthy of the money I was purchased for. 😛

The players are ordered in three different price categories. My name is placed in the intermediate range this year, for disguising the critical talent. And that is me without zero percent of exaggeration.

All hands met but the fingers remain crossed to get the complete team sheet. As the given sum of money cannot be en-cashed, the teams consumed the seven grand in the market. The crowd retreated to their work stations as the event reached the closing stages. The complete team list is collated and being sent across.

Its a new team but I have some of my old team mates from last season. We owe our team name to the opponents we play.

Certainly ‘BAD NEWS‘ awaits other teams this season ! Wish us luck !

The frenzy has begun !