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PFS cricketer Darvin Muralitharan gets scholarship


The Penang Free School fourth former will enrol into the Millfield boarding school in Somerset in September to chase his dream of becoming a top cricketer.

The 16-year-old is the second Malaysian, after national player Arul Suppiah, to earn a scholarship and pursue a playing career in England. 

“Darvin’s selection is an honour for Malaysian cricket as the competition to get into an England cricket school is very intense,” said the Penang junior age groups head coach Avtar Singh.

“The fact that Darvin was picked ahead of many other established junior players in the Test playing countries speaks volumes of the player’s abilities and potential to go far in the game.”

The Penangite did not earn the three years cricket scholarship to complete his O level and A level studies based on playing merits alone.

Academic excellence was also given importance by the English selectors and Darvin’s achievement in bagging 7A’s in last year’s PMR examinations proved vital for his entry.

Millfield will cover 70% of the expenses for the next three years while the player has to shell out the remaining expenditures. The Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) are currently helping out Darvin and his family to source for funds.

“The offer from England came as a big surprise for me. I feel very proud to have been presented with the opportunity to play cricket abroad at a young age. 

“Since I will be just the second local player to be given this chance, it is a great responsibility to create a good impression of Malaysian cricket,” said Darvin.

“Initially, I expect it to be tough to adapt to the new environment and being away from my family. 

“But I believe that once I have settled down, I will do my best to make the best of this opportunity and shine in both my studies and cricket.”

Besides representing Millfield, Darvin, who plans to do engineering studies in the future, will also be busy trying to make the grade to play at the county level in England.

He has also left the door open to return for appearances with the Malaysian national sides during his school holidays. 

“I always feel honoured whenever I am chosen for national duty, so I will continue doing so as long as it does not interfere with my studies in England.

“Malaysian cricket is on the right track to close the gap on the top teams in the world and I predict that Malaysia should be a major force in the sport by the year 2020,” said the confident youngster.

– Current captain of the Penang Free School cricket team.

– Captained the Malaysian under-15 squad for the: 

i.) Asian Cricket Council Tourna-ment in Sharjah, UAE (Dec 2002).

ii.) Playing tour in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Nov 2002).

iii.) Tuanku Jaafar South East Asian Championship 2002 (emerged champions and voted Man of the Series).

– Most outstanding performance & achievement award at the Bradman Foundation Cricket Development Clinic in Bowral, Australia.

– Penang senior state player and member of the state under-19 squad since 2001.

– Played for the North Malaysian under-15 sides in 2001 and 2002.

– Played for the Malaysian under-13 squad in the Tuanku Jaafar South East Asian Championship 2000 (champions).

– Part of the Malaysian under-15 team attached to the Elf Cricket Academy in Bombay, India.

– Penang Sports Club under-12 cricket team in 1999.

Reproduced from the Star Newspaper.

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