The inaugural Bengal T20 Challenge, beginning on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday amid bio-bubble protocol for the six taking part groups, has introduced pleasure and reduction to the state’s cricket fraternity within the pandemic-hit season.
Mohun Bagan will tackle Calcutta Customs Club at four p.m., whereas Town Club will meet Kalighat Club at Eight p.m. on the opening day.
Each group will meet an opponent twice in a spherical robin format earlier than the highest 4 make it to the semifinals on December 8, adopted by the ultimate on December 9.
The much-anticipated conferences of arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will happen at four p.m. on November 28 and December 6.
Following an unprecedented interval of eight months devoid of any cricketing motion, a number of high Bengal gamers – together with Manoj Tiwary, Shreevats Goswami, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anustup Majumdar, Arnab Nandi, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep and Pradipta Pramanik – shall be seen in motion together with some thrilling younger expertise.
However, just a few gamers, together with outstanding names Abhimanyu Easwaran and Abhishek Raman, are more likely to miss the entire event attributable to COVID-19 infections. They have been changed by stand-bys.
Nevertheless, the tremendous mixture of youth and expertise in both sides could produce loads of eager contests.
“We have been waiting patiently for the resumption of cricket. It’s good to start with such an exciting tournament,” mentioned Majumdar.
The event, which is being held forward of any Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) home occasion within the nation and the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega public sale, will give the cricketers a great platform to make their mark.
“We will carry the confidence from here to the (National) domestic season,” mentioned Shahbaz.