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School League Cricket from January 19

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

Dec 14, 2018-

Banepa Cricket Academy and Sports Centre is organising the School League Cricket from January 19 to February 2 at the Pulchowk Engineering College in Lalitpur.

A total of 10 teams will be participating in the tournament and will be divided into two pools of five side each. The top two teams from each group will enter the semi-finals. The semi-finals and final matches will be of 25-over-a-side, while the league matches will be a Twenty20 affair. 

The champion will get Rs 71,000 with the runner-up side getting Rs 21,000. The man-of-the-series will get a kit bag, while prizes are also set aside for the best batsman, bowler and every man-of-the-match,” informed the organiser during a press conference in Kathmandu on Thursday.

Ritesh Singh, the event co-ordinator, said the tournament will help to identify talent from the grass root. “We always complain of not having a good pool of cricketers for the future so to get that we need to work ourselves. We are hopeful that this tournament will help in identifying future prospects for Nepali team,” said Singh. 

According to the organiser, any student studying upto Grade X from the participating school can participate in the tournament irrespective of the age. “It doesn’t really matter because its a tournament for school students. Even if the student is 20 years old, he can participate representing his school,” said Singh.

Arun Aryal, former U-19 and women’s national team coach, added the tournament will involve more kids into the game. “If more and more school participate in tournament of this kind, the number of kids involving in this game will increase. This will at least lay a foundation for them to continue playing cricket in coming days and same will be the case with their schools too,” said Aryal. 

Former U-19 team captain Prithu Baskota, who led Nepal in the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia, has been named the brand ambassador of tournament.

Published: 14-12-2018 08:56

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