While the teams will be playing on a reduced format of ten overs each, their names have the distinct flavor of the IPL; they are—Secretariat Avengers, Household Royals, President's Body Guard Chargers and Delhi Police Challengers. The players, however, will be picked up only among those working in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
To pep up the logistics for the tournament, a brand new cricket pitch has been prepared on the playground of Dr Rajendra Prasad government school, an establishment inside the Presidential estate. Secretary to the president Omita Paul, Officer on Special Duty Suresh Yadav and a few select officers are the key planners of the tournament.
"The facilities that would be created will also serve a bigger purpose. Like, the cricket pitch will cater to the 1,600 students of the Rajendra Prasad School," said an official.
Although President Pranab Mukherjee is a soccer aficionado, he keeps a regular tab on the Indian cricket team's performance. And like millions of Indians, his favourite cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar.