Saurabh Tiwary is brand ambassador of JPL

Ranchi, Jan 19 (PTI) Local boy Saurabh Tiwary has beenmade the brand ambassador of the Jharkhand Premier League(JPL), an 8-day tournament beginning March 12.

Jharkhand thus becomes the second state after Karnatakato host a state T20 league.

"The JPL will be organised jointly by Jharkhand StateCricket Association and Elite Sports Management (ESM). TheBCCI has permitted for the franchise bidding and taking 100players as marque," ESM director, Nishant Dayal, toldreporters here.

The auction will be held on February 6 for five teams --Ranchi Rangers, Bokaro Bulls, Singhbhum Shers, Dhanbad Diamondand Jamshedpur Jaanbaaz, he said.

Any corporate entity in the country can bid for aminimum of Rs 15 lakh a team during the players auction onFebruary 13.

The hundred players, to be put on marque by theorganisers, would be from teams like India A, India under-19and India Seniors (Group A), Ranji Trophy (Group B), under-19under-22 (Group C) and district represented players (Group D).

While the minimum auction money for players in Group Awould be Rs two lakh, the amounts for groups B, C and D wouldbe Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively, headded.

"Tiwary will also be available for auctioneering,"Dayal said.

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