Corporate trophy to boost employment opportunities for cricketers

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Dharamsala, Sep 2 (ANI): The eight day 'Inter-Corporate National Cricket Tournament' featuring 12 corporate teams to be held at four centres, is expected to generate employment opportunities for domestic cricket players in India's corporate houses.

The tournament began simultaneously in Bangalore and Dharamshala on Tuesday.

The participating teams are set to compete for the winning amount of Rupees 1 crore.

Cricket players believe that the tournament, given official status by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI), is a good opportunity especially for domestic cricket players.

"It is a very important tournament, the BCCI has given it official status, even if it hadn't it would still be important for cricketers as they are playing for their company. It is also an opportunity for cricketers to get employment and it will be good for them, so it is a good tournament," said Rohan Gavaskar, cricketer.

A season starter, the tournament is believed to be good for the players who haven't played for the past few months and a warm up for top players before the one-day tri-series in Sri Lanka starting on September 11 and the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.

"Keeping in mind the timing of the tournament, the guys have had a couple of months break, they haven't played for a couple of months before the season starts again. So it will be a good time for them to have a hit and also for the selectors to have look at some of the new youngsters," said Hemant Badani, another cricketer.

Known players such as Harbhajan Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, RP Singh, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Rahul Dravid, Ajit Agarkar are also participating in the tournament. (ANI)

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