Twenty format all set to make its debut in India

Published: Saturday, June 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:After being successfully staged at the international level, the Twenty20 format of cricket is all set to make its debut in India.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced a 'Super Hot Weather 20-20 Cup' involving top eight teams of Premier Division.

It would be played after completion of the Hot Weather matches.

"We are planning to organise 20-20 overs matches involving all top eight teams of Premier Division for the Super Hot Weather 20-20 Cup," DDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev said.

Dev also announced that the Hot Weather Cricket tournament will begin tomorrow.

"This year's Hot Weather Cricket tournament will be on a knock-out basis which will be participated by 42 teams. The matches will be played on 10 grounds in 12 days," he said.

DDCA general secretary SP Bansal said the new Kotla pitch would be ready by the end of this month.

"The work at the Kotla ground, including installation of flood lights, would be over in six months."

Dev also announced the launch of DDCA website. "Our website would be available from this evening.

"We are much ahead in launching our website compared to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The website will have daily match details as well as other features," he said.

The DDCA aimed at an improved performance from the players in view of which it would select the teams "much before important tournaments from this year, " Dev said.

He also informed that match referees would be appointed in all the matches of the tournament.

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