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Indian Junior Premier League to go on as planned despite BCCI’s rejection

The tournament will be played from September 19 to 29.

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A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (Photo by Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images)

Indian Junior Premier League (IJPL) will go ahead as planned despite the denial by the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) to give it recognition. Budding cricketers from 16 states are participating in the T20 tournament which is scheduled to commence from September 19. The BCCI has expressly denied permission to their registered players to participate in the event.

The selected 240 cricketers will fly to Dubai on Thursday to take part in the competition which will be played at Dubai International Stadium. The IJPL teams have been selected from different parts of India following a talent-hunt from among 55,000 applicants. Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is the brand ambassador of the event.

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We don’t want any conflict

The managing director of IJPL, Dr. Dinesh Kapoor cleared the air by claiming that they are not controlling the players and they only want to support the talent across the country. “We are only trying to help cricket. We don’t want any conflict, nor do we have any intention to exercise any control over the players who participate in the

“We are only trying to help cricket. We don’t want any conflict, nor do we have any intention to exercise any control over the players who participate in the IJPL. They are free to opt out before the league, and they will be free to play wherever they want after the league,” he said.

“IJPL’s aim is to support the talent across India, especially the underprivileged children playing in the streets and slums and give them state-of-the-art facilities and international exposure so that their dreams can take flight. The 240 players representing the franchises from 16 states are the ambassadors of Indian cricket. We did not take any player from the BCCI or their state units. We are also not undermining BCCI’s authority. They remain the supreme body for cricket in the country. We respect their position,” Kapoor added.

The winning team of the tournament is set to receive a huge prize money of Rs 2.1 million while the runners up will garner Rs. 1.1 million. The Man of the tournament will also get an opportunity to play in minor County Cricket in England.

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