Cricket lovers pad up for eight-day-long action - Team India players, Bollywood and Bhojpuri stars to meet on 22 yards at Moin-ul-Haq

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By ROSHAN KUMAR
  • Published 13.05.11
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Patna, May 12: Residents of the state capital missed out on the live action during the recently held ICC World Cup but they may still get to see Sehwag’s upper cut, Yuvraj Singh’s pull and R.P. Singh’s in-swingers live in the stadium.

Association of Bihar Cricket (ACB) is set host a mega cricketing event at the Moin-ul-Haq stadium in the coming months.

“We have spoken to several players and are in the process of finalising the negotiations with various players of the Indian cricket team. They will come down to Patna and play at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium,” said Mithilesh Tiwary, secretary, ACB.

He added that a number of cricketers had confirmed their availability to come down to Patna after the Indian Premier League season IV concludes.

The event will not only bring Indian cricketing icons to the city but also give an opportunity to the budding cricketers of the state showcase their skills. Tiwary said cricketers from Bihar would be divided into five teams, representing the north, south, east, west and central zones, for the eight-day-long event.

“On the first two days of the event, only players from Team India would be playing. Then, for the next six days, players from the state would also play in the matches along with Team India players,” said Tiwary.

If the cricketing stars take to the field, can movie stars be far behind?

Bollywood actors, led by Suniel Shetty, will meet their Bhojpuri counterparts, led by Manoj Tiwari, on the 22-yards.

Sanjeev Mishra, spokesperson, ACB, said: “The eight-day cricket event will have day and night matches. For this, the ACB has started preparations and approached a Calcutta-based agency to install lighting arrangements at the ground.”

ACB has also asked the state sports department to provide funds or to start the process of renovation of the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium that is in a bad shape because of scant maintenance. ACB will spend around Rs 10 lakh on the installation of eight floodlights.

Though Bihar does not have a cricketing body affiliated to Board for Cricket Control in India, cricket lovers in the city are not new to such events.

In 2009, in an effort to raise funds for Kosi flood victims, ACB had organised Frontline Airtel T20 Tournament at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium.

A number of players from the Indian team, including Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, R.P. Singh and Vinod Kambli, had displayed their cricketing skills, and Rs 30 lakh was collected from the spectators. The funds were donated to the state government for the Kosi-flood victims’ relief fund.

Mishra said as no major tournament had been organised in the state in recent times, this event would provide the players from Bihar an opportunity to learn some tricks of the games from the Team India players.