Patna: The Bihar Cricket Association, the associate member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, will organise the first Sunaina Verma senior Women Inter Zonal League Cricket tournament from Tuesday.
The tournament league matches will be played at Dalsinghsarai and Samastipur, while the final matches will be played on June 11 and 12 at Moin-ul-Haq Stadium in Patna. Non-government organisation Putul Foundation will sponsor the tournament.
“The BCA for the first time is going to organise women’s tournaments. The BCA has divided all 38 districts into five zones and in the tournaments zonal teams will clash for the cup,” said BCA general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad Singh. “For selection of teams in each zone, the BCA conducted selection trials from May 22 to 25 in which around 300 players took part.”
Out of these 300 players 75 players were selected 15 from each zone.” The selection trail was held at Moin-ul-Haque stadium under the supervision of former Ranji players. The five zones are east zone, west zone, central zone, south zone and north zone. Players from Patna, Nalanda, Vaishali, Siwan, Muzaffarpur have been put in central zone.
The players were selected from different age categories Under-19, U-22 , U-27 and above. Based on the performance of players at the tournaments, the BCA will also form the state women teams.
The Supreme Court on January this year directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allowing Bihar to participate in Ranji trophy and other national cricket championships. With BCCI allowing Bihar to participate at tournaments and BCA being the associate member, this is second major tournament being organsied by BCA.
Meanwhile, the Putal Foundation has agreed to sponsors the women team for ten years. Putul Foundation director and JDU leader Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said: “The BCA will provide the technical and logistics help in the tournament while Putul Foundation will provide financial help in the tournaments.”
As BCA is organizing the tournaments the matches will be played as per BCCI rules and regulations. In January this year BCA organised the BCCI under-23 cricket tourney. State teams from Bihar and teams from north eastern states (all associate) members participated at the tourney.
Courtesy: The Telegraph