25 October, 2020

Innings Defeat

Jagmohan Dalmiya's brand-new all-star day-night cricket bonanza seems to be a non-starter from the start itself

Pradeep Mandhani
Innings Defeat
Picture Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in the same team facing Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee operating with the new ball from the two ends. Or, even Mohd Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja coming in from the cold, and hitting sixes and fours. This is what Jagmohan Dalmiya's brainchild, the Corporate Cup, promises if its gets off the ground. The flamboyant Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president is planning a brand-new all-star day-night tournament, beginning next summer, where some six participating teams will be allowed to field a maximum of four overseas players. Corporates have to fork out Rs 25 lakh each to field their teams and take a shot at the Rs 1 crore-prize money. The corporates can freely sign up Indian and foreign cricketers. To help them feel more secure, Dalmiya makes it mandatory for domestic players to participate. "They (the teams) will be allowed to sign any player for the event. So you might see players from different cities and states fighting for the cause of one team," he says.

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