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Schools’ tourney

Calcutta: Twenty schools will take part in the main round of the Bengal leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup, an under-16 inter-school tournament, which begins on February 24.

The Phase I of this leg will involve participation of teams from leading city schools and 18 major districts. The winners of 18 districts, along with the top two teams of the city, will qualify for Phase II where the 20 teams will then play a knockout.

National selector, Saba Karim, will be the chief mentor of the competition. “It will be a really good experience,” Karim said on Tuesday. “It was from here that someone like Sarfaraz Khan has gone on to make the cut for the India under-19 team. In fact, the national under-16 side, too, will include players from here.

“There’s a possibility that CA, the ECB and SLC may host the team that emerges champion at the national level,” he added.