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Sahara-BCCI Corporate Cup unveiled
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BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan today thanked the Indian corporate sector and the public sector industries for showing renewed interest in cricket, which had earlier got a great boost due to its help.

Speaking after unveiling the 'Sahara-BCCI Corporate Cup' here, he said of late the corporate sector had lost interest in cricket and it was a welcome sign that it was showing interest again.

Most of the top Indian cricketers, including M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid, would be seen in action in the eight-day T20 tournament to be held simultaneously be held in the city, Dharmashala and Mohali from September one to eight.

The final is slated to be held at M Chinnaswamy stadium here on September eight.

Sahara Corporate Communications head Abhijit Sarkar along with Mr Srinivasan unveiled the glittering cup this evening.

The teams are Central Revenue Sports Board, ITC Ltd, Air India Blue and red, Bharat Petroleum, MRF, ONGC, All India Public Sector Sports Promotion Board, Tata Sports Club, Indian Oil, India Cements and BSNL.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Srinivasan said though cricket had been given a great boost by the corporate sector earlier. it was neglected by it of late. This tournament was an attempt to revive the interest by the Public Sector Industries and the corporate sector in the sport. The idea was mooted after the success of the two editions of Indian Premier League, he said.

The BCCI official said the Board had put condition with the corporate sector and PSU units that they will have to field only fulltime employees and not contract workers to ensure that cricketers were given a 'life line' even after their playing days.

Depending on the success of this tournament more teams would be added in the second edition next year, he added.

Former India skipper and India Cements star Rahul Dravid said the corporate sector and PSUs had earlier made a significant contribution in developing cricket infrastructure in the country.

He complimented the BCCI for initiating steps to re-energise the tie up between the two that would go a long way in helping Young cricketers.

The winning team of the tournament would a prize money of Rs one crore while the runners up would be given Rs 50 lakh. The man of each matches would be given Rs 50,000 while the man of the tournament would pocket Rs two lakh.

--- UNI

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