Kolkata: Two teams from Bengal have made it to the final round of Pro Star League, an under-16 cricket tournament aimed at discovering sporting talents right from the school level.
The two teams belonging to the National Gems Higher Secondary School of Behala in Kolkata, and LMET International School of Murshidabad, will compete with six other school teams hailing from the north, south, and west India to clinch the title of the first edition of Pro Star League.
Cricket legend Sourav Ganguly, whose Sourav Ganguly Foundation is associated with the Pro Star League, announced the names of the teams for the final round at an event in Kolkata today.
The final round matches will be played at DY Patil Stadium Navi Mumbai: quarter-finals on 14-15 May, semi-finals on 16 May and, the final on 17 May. The league was kick-started in December last year with school teams playing matches in 10 cities across the country in order to make it to the final round.
“Around 900 schools in all over India and 290 alone in Bengal participated in the league this season. With the support of our sponsors, we are shouldering the entire expenses for the participating teams ~ travel, food, and lodging,” said Pooja Mody, co-founder Pro Star League. “The idea is to offer a platform to India’s budding sports talents without making them worry about the expenses.”
Applauding the initiative, Ganguly said that tournaments like this will help bring the boys back to the playground. “These days distraction is more. You have mobile phones with all sorts of allurements packed in them and hence, it’s a challenge to make children hit the field and nurture their sports talents.”
The final round matches of Pro Star League will be telecast on Start Sports in a package and the top talents from the tournament will be pitched for the 2018 World School Cricket Cup, said Neeraj Lulla, another founder of Pro Star League.