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Ranchi league to hone talents

Ranchi, May 26: In a bid to promote block-level cricketers, Ranchi District Cricket Association (RDCA) today started the process of forming teams for a Ranchi Premier League.

The RPL, likely to start after the RDCA super league final on May 28, will be played in the Twenty-20 format.

There will be 10 teams, comprising players from different blocks in the district. The winners will get a cash award of Rs 15,000 and the runners up Rs 10,000. And, depending on the sponsors, the man of the match will get a cup and some cash, or simply a cup, said Sunil Singh, the RDCA secretary.

The 10 teams will be Simalia Superkings, Kanke Knight Riders, Ratu Royals, Dhurwa Dabangs, Lalpur Lions, Harmu Heroes, Morabadi Masters, Doranda Diamonds, and Main Challengers.

A total 198 players, including 97 players from blocks, will be divided into 10 teams, with each team comprising some Ranji and junior players who have represented the state in age specific tournaments.

“Each team will be selected on the basis of a lottery for different categories of players. Similarly, a lottery will decide the distribution of block-level players among the teams. Each team will get a coach, who will too be decided through lottery,” Singh said.

The dress colour code would also be similarly decided.

Among the shortlisted players are seven current Ranji players, one Ranji stand-by, and several Under-22, Under-19, Under-16 and Under-14 state players. They will form the team with players from the blocks chosen by RDCA selectors.

The 10 coaches are Satish Singh, Anwar Mustafa, Sanjeev Sinha, Pramod Singh, Subhash Chatterjee, Chanchal Bhattacharya, Soumitra Patnayek, Anisur Rehman, Md Wasim and Sanjay Mishra.

Interestingly, in a mini replay of the IPL auction, the process of selection of teams, coaches, and dress was held at a hotel, with Ranji players, coaches and prospective franchisees sitting around round tables and waiting for the lottery to begin.

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