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- Tourney for cricket lovers above 35 years at Agrico Grounds

Former sportspersons and cricket lovers have a reason to bring out their bats, balls, pads, gloves and all.

Jamshedpur Veterans’ Sports Club is wrapping up this year with a Canvas Ball Cricket Tournament at Agrico Grounds. The tourney, which will be played on three consecutive Sundays — December 29, January 5 and 12 — is open to participants aged above 35 years.

Tata Steel is supporting the tournament, while Anima Das Memorial Charitable Trust and mineral water plant Nutan Water will sponsor the prizes and refreshments.

“We have decided on the dates, keeping in mind the participants’ convenience. Altogether 10 matches will be held on Sundays as most don’t have work that day,” said Avinash Kumar, a senior functionary of the club.

Six teams — Jamshedpur Strangers, Jamshedpur Superiors, Jamshedpur Challengers, Jamshedpur Warriors, Jamshedpur Rangers and Jamshedpur Royals — will be in the fray for the 15-overs-a-side matches.

“The teams need to register before or on December 20. The registration fee has been fixed at Rs 500 for each team,” said Kumar, who is also a former Bihar Ranji skipper.

According to him, the matches will be played on a knockout basis and each team will have its separate colour code.

“We hope to conduct the tourney in an efficient and glitch-free manner,” he said.

The aim behind conducting such sporting activities is to give the former sportspersons of the steel city a chance to play and interact with each other. “Only love for the game will make such people to come together, share some light moments and gossip about their heydays. In short, Nostalgia will revisit Agrico Grounds. We hold such events with the motto — Be fit and happy,” a club functionary added.

The club had organised an athletics championship for veterans at JRD Tata Sports Complex in September. Besides athletics and cricket, it also hosts badminton and football matches regularly.

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