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Bengal to star in willow war

Jamshedpur, May 7: Top cricketers of Bengal will be seen in action during the Elite Summer League in the city.

Likes of Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, S.S. Paul and others will represent CESC at the league to be held at Keenan Stadium and Shahid Nirmal Mahto Stadium from May 13 to 17.

The 50-over matches are being organised by Delhi-based Elite Sports Management (ESM).

The matches will also witness an assembly of Jharkhand Ranji and Under-19 players who will don colours of different teams such as CESC, Telcon, Nag Motors, Dhanbad Railways and ESM.

Jharkhand Ranji skipper and star batsman Saurabh Tiwary will captain the ESM outfit, which also handles his portfolio. Ishank Jaggi, a batting mainstay of the state Ranji outfit, will lead Telcon.

Nishant Dayal, director of ESM said, “Last year, we had organised a successful T-20 tourney in Ranchi. This time we thought of staging the league in Jamshedpur.”

Keeping the humid weather in mind, the matches will start early. “We’ll begin at 7.30 in the morning. Two matches will be played daily at both the venues,” he added.

State cricketers are happy about the league, which will help them in off-season match practice. “Though we are scheduled to play in some outstation matches, playing at home is a different thing. We are looking forward to it,” the cricketers said.

Dayal said the winners of the league would take home Rs one lakh cheque while the runner-up will get Rs 50,000.

The Elite Sports Management also has plans to help cricket clinics in the country. “ESM will provide kits and also chip in with other facilities for the clinics. It is an ambitious plan and we are hoping for the best,” Dayal said.

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