Colour clothing, whie ball in tourney in Sehwag's father's memory

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) Capital's budding cricket talents will turn out in colour clothing and play with white balls when the Somany Cup, an under-11 cricket tournament in memory of late Kishan Sehwag, father of Virender Sehwag, begins on December 23.

The tournament, which will be played at MRV School, Sector 13 at Dwarka, will have top 10 teams of Delhi and NCR vying for top honours.

Deepak Khatar, president SAI Cricket Welfare Association, the organisers of the tournament, said the idea of using white ball was approved by Delhi senior cricketers, including Virender Sehwag.

''We will have to get back to the senior players if we have the change to red balls,'' Khatar said when a journalist pointed out that the young cricketers could get injured with white balls as the matches would be played during day time.

The 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five each to play league matches and the top two teams from each group will play in the semi-finals. The final is scheduled for January 6 next year.

The participating teams are Sonnet Club, Rohtak Road Gymkhana, Mukhram Bhoria of Najafgarh, RP Academy, West Delhi Cricket Academy, Janakpuri Cricket Academy, Sumeet Dogra Academy, Dronacharya Academy, Gyan Bharti Academy, MRV Cricket Academy.

Former India Test player Surender Khana, while announcing the launch of the annual tournament, said, ''We did not have opportunities of playing in such tournaments in our days. It is a fantastic initiative. Young kids from this tournament could be the Tendulkars and Sehwags of the future.'' SAI Cricket Welfare Association, the organisers of the tournament, also announced a scholarship of Rs 12,000 per annum to promising Delhi junior all-rounder Vikas Athwala.


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