A GOOD number of national and international cricket stars including Mohammad Kaif, V V S Laxman, R P Singh and Murli Kartik will be seen in action at the Bab-e-Aali Stadium during the 32nd all-India Iftekhar Memorial Invitation Cricket Tournament beginning from February 23 under the aegis of the Iftekhar Cricket Academy.
Based on knockout system and guided by the One-Day International rules, each game in the tournament will be of 40-40 overs.
Final of the tournament will be played on March 7. Tournament’s organising secretary Hamidullah Khan ‘Mamu’ said that apart from four local teams, a number of famous teams from across the country will play in the competition. They include Indian Airlines, Delhi; Hyderabad Cricket Association, Hyderabad; Jhansi Division, Jhansi; Vidarbha Cricket Association, Nagpur; Kiran More Cricket Academy, Baroda; Lucknow Cricket Association, Lucknow; Punjab Electricity Board, Punjab; and Western Railways, Mumbai.
The four local teams, which have been given entry in the tournament, are St Michael’s’ Academy, Indira Priyadarshani College, Irani Cricket Club and Arera Cricket Academy.
Well-known cricket players who are likely to play in the tournament include Vijay Dahia, Mohammad Kaif, V V S Laxman, Gyan Pandey, Murli Kartik, Jitendra Singh Sodhi, Piyush Chawla, R P Singh, Sanjay Bangar, Dodda Ganesh, Hemang Badani, T P Singh, Yousuf Pathan, J P Yadav, Raja Ali, Sanjay Pandey, Brajesh Tomar, Abbas Ali, Devendra Bundela, Ankit Shrivastava and Mohnish Mishra.