Ranji Trophy done and dusted, players from the state cricket team now are gearing up to hit the field once again for the senior inter-district (Elite Group) tournament that gets underway at two separate venues from January 28.
The likes of Saurabh Tiwary, Ishank Jaggi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Mishra, Aakash Verma, S.S. Rao and Ajay Yadav would like to use the tournament to slip into a nice rhythm before heading off to Calcutta to compete in the interstate one-day (Ranji) tournament that starts on February 16.
While Jaggi held fort against Punjab during the quarterfinal, earlier this month at Keenan Stadium, scoring a fine 126, Tiwary made a case for himself by becoming the highest scorer for the state. The southpaw, with his classy batting, notched over 400 runs for his team during the Ranji campaign.
Skipper Nadeem on the other hand shone with the cherry claiming 42 scalps and becoming the second highest wicket taker in Ranji this season.
According to the details of the inter-district fixture, the tournament will be held at College and Telco grounds of the city and will have six districts ó Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Ranchi, West Singhbhum and Hazaribagh ó vying for top honours.
The tournament will be organised by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association.
The opening day of the 50-over encounter would see defending champions Jamshedpur taking on Hazaribagh at College Ground, while coal belt teams Dhanbad and Bokaro will fight it out at Telco Ground.
ďWe have made all the necessary preparations for holding the tournament smoothly. It is one of the prominent and most-waited for events of our cricket calendar. We hope that the tournament witnesses some exciting encounters,Ē Jharkhand State Cricket Association assistant secretary Aseem Kumar Singh said.
The outstation teams will reach Jamshedpur on January 27. The tournament will conclude on February 5.