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Cricket season to start early

Guwahati, Aug. 18: The domestic cricket season in Assam is all set to have an early start this time with the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) scheduling its major senior tournaments ahead of the onset of the BCCI season.

According to a recent ACA meeting, it was decided to hold the SP Borooah Challenger Trophy, Nurul Amin Trophy and Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy senior inter-district elite and plate group tournaments from mid-September onwards.

“We have proposed to hold the SP Borooah Challenger Trophy tournament from mid-September onwards. We will select the state Ranji Trophy and under-19 teams based on performance in the tournament. The weather will not be a constraint because we have got our new stadium ground at Barsapara ready where we can hold matches in half-an-hour after a shower,” ACA secretary Bikash Baruah said.

The S.P. Borooah two-day tournament involves four teams comprising the senior and under-19 team probables as well as the outstation professionals. “As suggested by the technical advisory committee, the teams will comprise five Ranji probables, as many under-19 probables and five under-25 probables,” Baruah said. “Similarly, we will organise the Nurul Amin Trophy limited over tournament ahead of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament so that the selectors can pick the squad based on the performance of players,” Baruah added. The eight quarter-finalists of the senior inter-district elite group tournament and the two finalists of the plate group tournament are involved in the tournament.

The Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy will commence by October 25. The Ranji Trophy tournament will commence on December 7 this year. The elite group tournament will be held on league basis and from the quarter-final onwards it would be knockouts. However, it has also been proposed to hold the semi-finals in league format. Taking into consideration a recommendation of the technical advisory committee, the ACA also plans to introduce the system of allowing only bona fide citizens of the state to participate in the state tournaments above the age of 19 years.


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