School children to take part in a cricket league in Telangana

With Dilip Vengsarkar as their mentor, Cricket Association of Telangana is set to launch Telangana Schools Premier League to promote cricket in the rural areas.

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Following in the footsteps of the Indian Premier League, Cricket Association of Telangana (CAT) has announced that there will be a cricket league for the school children of the state named as Telangana Schools Premier League (TSPL). Former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has been named the mentor of the CAT for the same.

The tournament will be for the category of children below the age of 17 and will progress for a five-month period. The focus will be on taking the sport at the rural level of Telangana. The applicants will have to register themselves online under the website -‘www.tspl.online’

550 matches

It will see more than 550 games played. 31 districts will be divided into zones and will be put together in matches. Out of these games, 320 players will be selected to do a camp at Hyderabad. Eight franchises will be formed out of these players who will play the TSPL. The top four teams will qualify for the knockout games followed by the final.

Another team will be formed which will get special training at the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy in Mumbai. The team will also go head-to-head against Mumbai State School team.

This is the perfect opportunity for the rural children of Telangana to grab it with both hands. CAT founder Sunil Babu Kolanupaka urged parents to utilise this golden chance of promoting their kids in cricket. CAT has been working on promoting the game in the rural areas for the last five years. TSPL will provide them with a big platform to showcase their talents which will be further groomed by the association.

With a cricketing great as Vengsarkar joining hands in this wonderful initiation, TSPL will go a long way in unearthing talents from unheralded places. Incidentally, former India batsman Vengsarkar is also the chairman of BCCI’s Talent Resource Development Wing.