NCA team to play in Emerging Players tourney in Brisbane in July

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Mumbai, May 1 (UNI) A squad from the National Cricket Academy, picked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), will take part in the 2008 Emerging Players Tournament at Brisbane in Australia in July.

The tournament will involve competition in the Twenty20 format and the 50-over game format.

This is the first time that a BCCI-sanctioned squad would be taking part in the event hosted by the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence, though Karnataka team had taken part in the event from 2005 to 2007, a Cricket Australia release said.

''For the first time, the tournament will be contested by the best young talent selected by their respective boards from South Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia and we expect some excellent cricket to be played,'' said Belinda Clark, CEO and Manager of Cricket Australia.

Karnataka won the inaugural Emerging Players Tournament trophy in 2005, while South Africa had claimed the honours over the last two years.

The tournament involves teams from the host country Australian Institute of Sports, New Zealand, South Africa and India, and would be held from July 14-26.

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