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Cricket in memory of the bard

Guwahati, Dec. 25: A little over two years since music maestro Bhupen Hazarika breathed his last, Singhco Digitronics Media Solutions Pvt Ltd, a city-based event management company, feels he is not being remembered the way he should have been. It has proposed to associate his name with the most popular sport in the country — cricket.

The company today announced the launch of a T20 platform cricket tournament — Bhupen Hazarika Trophy — the first edition of which is expected to be held tentatively by March next year.

“The bard’s memory is fading in our society very quickly. Therefore, we are going to organise the cricket tournament in his name because no medium is better than sports to commemorate a personality of his stature,” SDMS director Hrishikesh Mazumdar said today. “It will be a T20 tournament, duly approved of by the Assam Cricket Association, to be organised on the lines of the Indian Premier League. Although it will not be as cash rich as the IPL, all the other rules will be followed. It will, however, be restricted to players, including Ranji caps, only from Assam,” he explained.

“The objective of the meet is to provide the platform to local players to showcase their talent,” he added.

About using the bard’s name, Mazumdar said, “We have taken due permission from the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Trust which has helped us secure the ACA’s permission.” The annual league, which is proposed to be extended to a national event in the future, will involve six franchise teams from different districts of Assam and will be held at Nehru Stadium here and S.M. Dev Stadium in Silchar.

College cricket: Gauhati Medical College on Wednesday handed a 74-run defeat to Royal Group of Institutions in their match of the first City Challenge inter-college cricket tournament at Janata Bhawan ground here.

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