The organisers of an unusual cricket tournament in Vadodara, Gujarat took their love for cows a bit too far when they awarded them to the winners instead of trophies. The tournament was organised by Gujarat’s Rabari community, who are predominantly pastoralists and have a close connection with cattle.
Since last year, the community has devised a unique way to raise awareness about cows by awarding them as a prize at the end of the match.
Community leaders say the move is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of cow. “With this tournament, we want to send a message that cow is a very important component in our society. Rabari community has always protected the cattle as it is our livelihood,” organiser of the tournament Prakash Rabari told ANI.
While the man of the match was awarded a cow, each member of the winning team was gifted a ‘Gyr’ calf.
“We want the state to recognise cow as the National Animal, only then can we save them,” Raju Rabari, one of the players who won the 'prize', was quoted as saying.
Raju Rabari also added that the players were immensely happy receiving such a prize after winning the match.
This extraordinary move comes in the wake of a recent notification by the Centre which banned the sale of cattle for slaughter.
Information source: ANI
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