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Cricket tourney in World Cup season

Patna, March 4: When India’s Men in Blue are preparing to take on the Irish team, which is beaming with confidence after defeating England, Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) has lined up a series of tournaments to promote cricketing talent in the state.

Hayman Trophy, a senior A-Division inter-district cricket tournament, will start at Patna, Chhapra, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur from March 8.

“The aim behind organising the tournament is to encourage cricketers in the state. The tournament will provide them with a platform to showcase their skills,” said BCA member Mritunjay Tiwari.

Sixteen teams, divided into four groups, will take part in the tournament. Group A will have Bhojpur, Saran, Siwan and Sitamarhi. Group B will comprise Samastipur, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. Bhagalpur, Saharsa, Katihar and Purnea will make up Group C. Group D will have Patna, Nawada, Nalanda and Kaimur.

The inauguration and the first match of the tournament will be held at the Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna. Preparations were on for the programme, said Tiwari. The group matches will be played in Patna, Chhapra, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur. The top teams of each group will qualify for the semis. The semi-finals and the final will take place in Patna.

Tiwari said: “We hope the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) grants recognition to BCA in the next two years. That would be great boon for the cricketers of the state who have no other option now but to go to neighbouring states, like Jharkhand.”

After the bifurcation of the state in 2000, the former BCA body went to Jharkhand. BCA, led by RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has been given associate membership of BCCI.

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