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A carnival of commoner’s cricket

- Indigo Club to host four-day meet as part of silver jubilee celebrations

After the greatest festival of democracy (read Lok Sabha polls), Dhanbad is all set to witness a cricketing festival of a different kind.

Lawyers, media persons, executives and common citizens will pad up for a T20 tournament to be held at Railway Stadium from May 1 to 4.

Titled T20 Invitation Cup, the four-day tie is being organised by Indigo Club — one of the oldest super-division cricket clubs of Dhanbad — to mark its silver jubilee celebrations.

The four teams in the fray are Media XI, Officers XI, Citizens XI and Advocate XI.

Speaking about the selection process, club president Dayanand said that the District Bar Association has been requested to name 11 advocates, while each media house in the district has agreed to nominate one person. For the Citizens XI team, Indigo club members will select traders, social activists and people who are generally interested in the game.

The club will also select the players for the Officers XI team. Officials from the district administration, railways and other organisations will be selected based on their availability.

“The players are yet to be finalised. Names will be announced in a day or two,” said club president Dayanand, who is also the railway senior divisional commercial manager (Dhanbad division).

The tournament will be played on a round-robin league format. Under such a format, each team takes on all other teams in turn. Thus, the four teams will play at least one match against each other. Altogether eight matches will be played, with two slotted for each day. While the first match will be played from 3.45pm, the second match will start at 7pm.

The organisers have set aside huge cash prizes for all.

The winning team will bag a cash prize of Rs 25,000, while the first runners-up will get Rs 11,000.

Besides, the man of the match will also take home cash reward of Rs 11,000 and the best bowler, batsman and man of the tournament will each get Rs 2,500 in cash.

This apart, a cash prize of Rs 1,000 will be given to the player who will hit the maximum number of sixes and Rs 800 to the batsman who will score the highest number of boundaries.

For scoring a century in any match, the player will get a cash prize of Rs 5,000, while for each half century he will get Rs 1,000.

However, all prizes are not reserved for the batsmen. For taking three wickets in a match, the particular bowler will get Rs 1,000.

Divulging details, general secretary of Indigo Club S.A. Rahman, who is also the general secretary of Dhanbad Cricket Association, said: “Each team will don colourful jerseys. For instance, the Media XI team will sport golden jersey, the executives will sport maroon uniform, while Citizens XI and Advocate XI will wear green and red jerseys, respectively.

“The basic motive behind organising this tournament is to provide a platform to anyone and everyone who has the knack for the sport. Cricket runs in the blood of our countrymen and the need of the hour is to provide them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said president Dayanand, adding that the tournament would henceforth be an annual affair of the club.