A VIP from Crickland

Abdur Quaderi By Abdur Quaderi, 1st Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/37rwhosl/
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This is a fantasy, based on Twenty20 cricket. All characters and places are imaginary.

A VIP from Crickland

This is an e-book, written in a screenplay style.
A fairy tale based on modern T20 cricket.
Subject: Cricket
Suitable for movie.
Images: www.freedigitalphotos.net
All characters are fictitious.
(C) Abdur Quaderi

The author used to be a cricket player and presently has an active interest in sports. He is a dual citizen of Bangladesh and Australia. He has written articles on various subjects, including cricket, which were published at www.banglacricket.com and at VARIETY, an online magazine within www.bdjobseeker.net. In the same page (i.e. VARIETY), he has also written a novel entitled ‘Shomoyer hishabe bhool’ (a Bengali name, the English meaning of which is ‘Wrong Timing’.

He has also written an e-book entitled 7colours, which was published recently through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

A VIP from Crickland

First chapter

Fremoni International Airport

John Smith is General Manager in a large company in Sunderlili, a wealthy country that plays international cricket. Once upon a time, he was on a long business trip. International travel is interesting to most people, however, to John Smith it is just an ordinary activity, as he is a frequent flyer. He has to travel for work purpose almost all the time. Sometimes he even gets bored travelling (being in Business Class... !).

One day John Smith was having a long break at Fremoni airport VIP lounge. . This is a very expensive lounge, where only a cup of coffee costs US$ 322. Out of a seating capacity of 32, there are only 4 people in this lounge, these lucky people can afford such luxury!

One of these 4 people is a 43 year old man by the name of Tino Timusco.

Today Tino Timusco is wearing a very unusual type of dress that can be rarely seen. At least John Smith (a widely traveled person) has never seen this kind of attire. The trousers are very loose. The shirt is neither half sleeve nor full sleeve, however, it is very fashionable and colourful. In his own mind, John Smith appreciates the talent of the fashion designer. From appearance alone, it can be easily said that Tino Timusco is an extremely rich man. At least his flashy golden colour tie will make everyone wonder - 'how much did he pay for that tie'?

John Smith was observing this strange man as a waiter approached him.

Waiter: Sir, what can I get for you?

Tino: Cup of coffee please

Waiter: Sir, have you seen our menu?

Tino: No need. Just a cup of coffee please ...

Waiter: Sir, it is my responsibility to tell you that our coffee by itself is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, but if you order it with ....

Tino (slightly annoyed, he looks at the waiter): Please, there is no need to explain. I know, this is a VIP LOUNGE in Fremoni International Airport. Everything, everything here is SUPPOSED TO BE EXPENSIVE....

Waiter: I am sorry Sir .

Tino: That’s OK. Please be quick. I only have 40 minutes. (He looks at his golden wrist watch. The waiter also looks at that watch. It is really difficult to ignore such a glamourous piece of item!!!

John was sitting in a table just opposite Tino. He was watching Tino quickly going through a bunch of cricket books and magazines one after another.

It appeared to John that Tino was a very quick reader, however, sometimes he took a very long time and concentrated on only one page. Once in a while he opened his large mobile phone and took some notes! As if he was seriously engaged in research and study inside a library. What is so serious about cricket? John thought in his own mind. He was surprised to see all of these unusual activities. At one stage, he stood up from his chair and approached Tino.

John: Sorry to disturb you, but I came to remind you that you don’t have too much time to wait here ……

Tino: Excuse me?

John: I am sitting in that table (he pointed his finger at his own table). I overheard you saying that you have only 40 minutes time. I believe there is only about 2 minutes left now …… (John looked at his own watch, just to make an impact)

Tino: (Smiling gently) Thank you for reminding me. Actually I have about 20 minutes extra time. I always keep some extra time, just in case …… you know what I mean?

John: Can I ask you a personal question?

Tino: Of course……

John: Which country is your dress from? It’s quite fashionable….. quite interesting (he smiles mildly)

Tino: (he found John’s style of expression quite interesting. He laughs) You reckon?

John: My company exports a variety of products to 22 countries. We also import a range of products, shirts and various types of dresses included. But I have never seen such a shirt.

Tino: And I am also sure you have never heard about my country. (Signaling with his hand, he invites John to occupy a seat).

John sits beside Tino.

John: Never heard about your country? This is absurd. I am a frequent flyer with up to date general knowledge. I am travelling all the time…..

Tino: Like a bird? (He looks at John a with smiling face)

John: Almost……almost like a bird

Tino: But you are always flying by aero planes, right?

John: That’s correct

Tino: (Laughing) But there is no airport in my country and it’s a tiny island almost no one knows…

John: No airport! This is unbelievable ……… in this day in age….. (he is thoroughly surprised)

Tino: We have a rich country, but no airport. We prefer to stay like this. Slightly old fashioned by choice. Simple and easy lifestyle. Not too many complicated problems. No one even knows us. That’s fine. We are happy the way it is …….

John: But what’s the name of your country? May I ask?

Tino: Crickland. Chances are very slim that you know this country.

John: Crickland? That’s a very unusual name….. the name sounds familiar though …

Tino: Oh yes, It should sound familiar because these days almost every country is playing cricket

John: Cricket! Is that what it is? Crickland - from cricket?

Tino: Yes. Actually our country was knows as Shakundi for many many years. As we have played a lot of cricket, this sport has become extremely popular. Then 18 years ago many people proposed the name of the country to be changed to Crickland. Our King at the time had series of meetings with the Governors. Finally the name was changed to Crickland, which was followed by a 3 day long event and huge celebrations.

John: Crickland! (He takes a pause) Now your 20 minutes time is coming to an end.

Tino: Still some time left. Don’t worry; I know exactly what time it is now. I manage my time very well.

John: How good is your cricket?

Tino: TOO good. Unbelievably good.

John: (Raising his eyebrows) Unbelievably good? How do you say that? Your country is not even playing international cricket …….. How can you justify that your country is too good?

Tino: (Laughing) You are right. We have no track record internationally. But we send each of our top class players overseas every year. They go to many cricket playing countries and attend the top schools, colleges or universities. Most of them are government funded and they study only two subjects, Business Management and ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Their overseas study is for a variety of purposes.

John: Like?

Tino: Most of these cricket players become either a management specialist or an ICT specialist. Once they will retire from cricket they will get the best jobs in these fields within Crickland. The combination of Management and ICT can quickly improve our country.

John: Interesting! Very Interesting! Sounds like a fairy tale to me…..

Tino: (Laughing) What you have heard is only the beginning of the story. There is a long story and then there is …..

John: An end of the story……?

Tino: (Smiling) End of the story? That I don’t know. But I believe, very soon Crickland will be World Champion in T-20.

John: World Champion? Are you sure?

Tino: Oh yeah. Absolutely!

John: And T-20? Is that the only format you play?

Tino: (Ha ha ha) We play every format, but we excel in T-20. Boom boom boom (He keeps on smiling).

John: Boom boom boom - is that what it is? Is it that easy?

Tino: You are right. Not easy at all. But if the T-20 is played by intelligent cricketers then the chance of win is 60%, considering a standard situation. And if the intelligent cricketers are also responsible cricketers, then the chance of a win is almost 67%. That’s a significant increase in probability.

John: (Almost falling from his chair) Really! “Intelligent cricketers” “Responsible cricketers”……………. Never heard these terms……

Tino: Now I have to go (He stands up and picks up his hand luggage. This is a small suitcase with 2 wheels, full of books and magazines).

John: Oh! We had such an interesting conversation. I didn’t even have a chance to introduce myself …… I am John Smith and I am from Sunderlili

Tino: My name is Tino Timusco.

John: Can you please give me just one more minute of your time? I have not yet asked you the most important question.

Tino: What is it?

John: Your destination? From here?

Tino: Right now I am heading towards Kinshin. But it will be just a stopover. My real destination is Ziato, where I will spend 3 days…. and then……. Sunderlili, your country. I only travel to cricket playing countries.

John: You are traveling to my country! I invite you for dinner, is that OK?

Tino: Surely. It is my pleasure to accept your invitation. From someone who understands cricket.

John: Here is my business card. My mobile number is here. Please give me a call when you are in Sunderlili. I would love to talk to you again.

Tino: (Surprised) OK. I will call you. Will you be in Sunderlili on 25th of October?

John: Yes I will.

Tino: OK. I will call you then. Possibly in the evening.

John: (He writes a note on his iPhone) I am keeping 25th evening free. Please call me.

Tino: Surely. (To be continued)


A VIP from Crickland

Second chapter

Dinner at 'The Reesho'

‘The Reesho’ is a 5 star hotel in the port city of Montilo, in Sunderlili. It is 7:20 pm in the evening. Tino and John are having dinner. It is a glamourous dining room with Thai interior decoration. There is a crystal clear glass through which guests can see the blue waters in the large swimming pool.

Much more than dinner, it is an exchange of information between the two men. Since John met Tino, he was extremely curious to know about Crickland. Especially he wanted to know what it is behind the confidence of Tino that his country would become World Champions in T20. Didn’t he actually mean the World Cup T20 competition scheduled for next year?

Tino had arrived exactly at 7:00 pm and approached the Thai restaurant’s reception area. This is one of the 7 restaurants within ‘The Reesho’. One of the hostesses guided Tino to a table where John was waiting.

John stood up, the two gentlemen shook hands and occupied their respective seats.

John: How are you Mr. Timusco?

Tino: Please call me Tino

John: OK, OK Tino. How is everything?

Tino: Perfect!

John: How do you like Sunderlili?

Tino: I love your country. I always like my stay here, especially at Montilo. Beautiful city…. Lots of trees and ocean breeze …. Oh! I just made a poem (he laughs by himself)

John: (Smiling) Definitely a nice poem…. (a brief pause) ... please tell me about Crickland. I am really curious to know ….

Tino: I know. I understand. He makes eye contact with John.

John: So your country never played any international cricket?

Tino: Never. However, some of our players played in teams where international cricketers also participated. That was one way how we compared our capabilities to world class ....

John: Could you explain a little bit more, please?

Tino: Of course, why not? Listen carefully, the international players are excellent cricketers, they are well known, established and recognized. Some of those players were in university teams playing against other university teams where we had our players …..

John: And the result? What was the result?

Tino: In most situations our players made a significant impression. Subsequently, they were approached by cricket officials and coaches in those countries. Our players responded by saying that they were foreign students and were concentrating on their studies …..

John: You mean it has been a strategy? A planned strategy....

Tino: Surely. We had to do something to make our preparations ...

John: How many such experimentations have you done?

Tino: At least 300 in the last 5 years? I mean, over 300 players have been tested for world class.

John: And you can now come to the conclusion ..... that your time has come?

Tino: You got it Mr Smith.

John: Please call me John (he smiles)

Tino: Surely. Thanks John. I am fortunate to have met you. He now picks up the menu. Instantly a waiter approaches …….

John: Can you guess my occupation?

Tino: Yes, definitely…

John: Definitely?

Tino: Oh yes! I am pretty sure you are a high official connected with cricket … am I right?

John has seen many strange events in his life, but this one is extraordinary…

John: How did you find out? ?? !!!

Tino: Too easy. Your interest in Crickland. Your interest in cricket, the way you ask questions, the type of questions you ask…

John: Which university did you attend – may I ask?

Tino: University of Tibbi - at Mon Tiara

John: I thought so.

Tino: (surprised) Really?

John: Not that particular university, I was pretty sure you had attended one of the best schools sometime in your life ….

Tino: Hm. I understand. And I am also sure that you also attended an excellent educational institution …

John: Well, yes, I studied at the State University of Sunderlili ….

Tino: Which is the best public university in this country …. so, John, please tell me what your job title is

John: I am the General Manager of Sunderlili GX Corporation and a Member of the cricket board – you may have heard about SBCM - Sunderlili Board for Cricket Management.

Tino: Oh yes. Of course I know SBCM. One of the famous organisations in connection to cricket.

John: I am really impressed with your level of knowledge! I wish I knew about Crickland earlier…

Tino (surprised): Do you really mean it?

John: Surely, I do. Tell me, can I visit your country? No need for me to fly this time, I am tired of flying, I need a holiday, I will be happy to sail…. I really want to see your players playing ….. in a country without an airport …. cricketers playing T20 and dreaming of becoming world champions …. are there any tall buildings over there?

Tino: (Smiling) It will be my pleasure to take you there. In fact, there has not been a better time…

John: How is that?

Tino: Number one - right now we have the best set of players since our history of cricket, and number two – with the internet and satellite TV, we are well connected to the rest of world and it is no longer possible for us to remain in isolation ….


A VIP from Crickland

Third chapter

Tino and his preparations

Two top teams have been playing a series of T-20 matches at San Zito, capital city of Crickland. Players are being changed all the time, batting orders are being changed, bowlers are being experimented.... etc. etc. Basically it's all part of experimentation. These two teams have the country’s top 30 players, from whom the National Team will be selected. Crickland is now ready to compete in World Cup T-20. The country has now sent their representative Mr. Tino Timusco to expose Crickland to the international arena. This will no be an easy job to do, although he is perfectly suited for this challenging role. Tino Timusco has been educated in the University of Tibbi, one of the best educational institutions in the world (if not the best). This famous university is situated in Mon Tiara. This very small but highly prosperous country is known mostly for education, research and innovation. Mon Tiara attracts the best students and professionals from every corner of the world. Every student at the University of Tibbi studies with a scholarship, either funded by a foundation, by the university itself or by the government of the respective country that sends a student. The students also need to meet the high academic standards set by the university. Although Crickland as a country is almost unknown to the world, it is not unknown to some countries that have high quality educational institutions. One of these countries is Mon Tiara.

Tino Timusco has recently been selected to represent his country to the World Cricket Authority (WCA). On behalf of Crickland he will apply for a place as a competing team at World Cup T-20 Championship, scheduled to be held in August next year .

Fortunately, for Tino, Mon Tiara (where he studied) has the headquarters of the world cricket. The customs and traditions of this country are extremely well known to Tino. He knows how to approach the top people who make important decisions. He also knows how to make a presentation the Mon Tiara way. He also has some good friends who hold influential positions in the society. His recent meeting with John Smith has also been very significant. Although John belongs to Sunderlili, he is well connected to some influential officials at WCA (i.e. World Cricket Authority).

Overall, things are looking very bright. What Tino needs right now is a stroke of good luck. (To be continued)

A VIP from Crickland

Fourth chapter

San Zito Stadium

October 22, San Zito, capital city of Crickland

San Zito stadium has a seating capacity of 200,000. This shows how popular cricket is in Crickland. The stadium is huge. There are 4 large screens on 4 sides of the stadium. Today the stadium is fully packed as Crickland A plays against Crickland B. Both teams are equally strong. The purpose of this BIG MATCH is to finally select the top 15 players, who will attend a special training camp to be sent overseas to play a series of international matches - all T-20. Tino Timusco will organize this schedule. The national team they have selected for this purpose is Trevillie, a riverine country that plays international cricket. It has excellent scenic beauty that can be viewed through river cruises. Over there Crickland players can enjoy a relaxing long holiday while playing a number of matches.

Trevillie has already been approached by Crickland and was told that authorization of WCA would be required for this to happen. Crickland has planned to send Tino Timusco to Mon Tiara later on this year. But prior to that he has been making discussions with some of his strong connections in Kinshin, Koniko and Sunderlili. None of these countries have taken Crickland seriously as it is really a small country with a population of slightly over 3.6 million. (To be continued)

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author avatar Etc.
31st Jul 2014 (#)

I've been working a piece of my fiction into a screenplay. My comment to you is that it would be worth your while to put this piece in standard screenwriting format. A Google search will give you what your need; or try an old classic book by Syd Field, for instance. Celtx is free software that will do the work for you and is accepted by the industry.

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author avatar Abdur Quaderi
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Etc., thank you for your valuable comments. I understand exactly what you mean. There are few things I need to tell you and to all readers who have been reading this fairy tale.

I am very happy with the response I received from this page. I am trying to develop a new style of writing, which, really is aimed at attracting the attention of a cinema producer. If this story is selected for a movie, I will be one of the happiest writers in the world. I will then easily convert it to a screenplay or they can do it through someone of their choice. It's a very different kind of story. The story is too long for this one page. I am planning to publish it through Amazon Kindle later on today. Please wish me good luck.

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author avatar Markthespark
23rd Jan 2015 (#)

nice story ... check out this story http://www.wikinut.com/cricket-match-for-the-ages/2tfd4j8c/e9quoxfh/

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