Air India public sector cricket tourney from Jan 11 to 17

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Mumbai, Jan 10 (UNI) Air India will host the All India Public Sector cricket tournament for the Air India Cup and Air India Plate, to be held here from January 11 to 17.

Addressing a press conference here today, V Thulasidas, Chairman and Managing Director Air India informed that the tournament will kick off with the Plate matches from January 11 and the final on January 15 at the Police Gymkhana.

The Air India Cup will start from January 14 and the final will be played on January 17 at the Police Gymkhana, it was further announced.

The Air India Cup will be played on a knockout basis with the country's premier public sector companies like Air India, Bharat Petroleum, India Oil, ONGC, Airports Authority of India, Food Corporation of India and Bharat Sanchar Nigam taking part in the tourney. Most of these teams will comprise of first class and Ranji level cricketers.

The Plate championship will have 11 teams like Coal India, RCF, MTNL, Hindustan Aeronautic, Prasar Bharati, Hudco among others in the fray. The format for both the events will be 40 overs per side, it was further announced at the press conference.

The winner of the Air India Cup will be richer by Rs 50,000 and a trophy, while the runner-up will get Rs 25,000 and a Trophy. The Plate winners and runner-up will be awarded a trophy, it was further informed.

Individual prizes for the best batsman, bowler, fielder and Man of the tournament will also be awarded which will be sponsored by A M Group of Companies.

Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Pravin Amre, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Indian cricket board Prof Ratnakar Shetty and Dilip Pinge, Assistant General Manager - sports and Secretary - Air India Sports Promotion Board were also present on the occasion.

Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of the national selection committee is expected to grace the final prize distribution ceremony January 17, it was announced on the occasion.

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