MORE THAN 30 Ranji players will participate in the sixth Manish Agnihotri memorial cricket tournament organised by the Friends Club at the Old Campion grounds from October 23. It is the first All-India cricket tournament of this season in the State capital.
Talking to journalists on Sunday, organising committee chief patron Aruneshwar Singhdeo said that all the preparations had been done for the tournament. “We have given importance to all sections of the tournament including ground, seating arrangements, pitch and others,” said Singhdeo.
He said this is the first tournament of this season and organising committee has given due importance to pitch while preparing it. The wicket is fine and we are expecting close matches in the tournament, he added.
According to the organising committee convenor JP Tyagi, a number of Ranji players are expected to participate in the tournament. “We have decided to make this year’s tournament more competitive. The presence of renowned players will entertain the City,” said Tyagi.
He claimed that more than 30 players, including Mritunjay Tripathi and Avinash Jadhav, who represented the India A team, will participate in the tournament. Every match will be of 40 overs per innings.
In all, eight leading cricket teams, including Indian Airlines, Sports Hostel Lucknow and Nagpur will participate in the tournament. From local teams, St Michael’ Cricket Academy, Irani Club, IPC, JP Yadav XI confirmed the participation in the tournament.
The opening match will be played between Lucknow and Irani Club, Bhopal on October 24. A friendly match between the sponsorers and the organising committee will be played on October 23. According to convenor Rajesh Agnihotri, the committee will give more prize money this time.
The winner will be awarded a trophy and Rs 51,000 cash. Last year, the prize money was Rs 35,000. Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) joint secretary Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’, Dilip Awasthi and others were present at the press conference. The final will be played on November 3.