Twenty20 set to make its debut in the garden city

Published: Friday, July 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:This Garden City will turn a new leaf in the annals of cricket when it hosts a three-day newgeneration game "Unibic Twenty20 cricket championship for Bradman Cup" beginning from August 19.

The exciting and international flavoured short version of the game showcases six teams -- New South Wales County, Bradman XI, apart from Karnataka State Cricket Association(KSCA), Chemplast, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Baroda or ONGC, the organisers announced at a press conference here.

The Railways, which had confirmed participation, has backed out of the tourney, KSCA secretary, Brijesh Patel, one of the leading partners, responsible for bringing the game,for the first time to the country, said.

Six teams would be divided into two groups and would play on the league-cum-knockout basis a twenty-over game, cricket commentator Charu Sharma said while briefing on the format of the game.

Australia's leading biscuit manufacturer UNIBIC is sponsoring the tourney, which would be an annual affair hereafter for promoting the game, the company's chairman and managing director Michael Quinn said.

The game would help many youngsters to represent their country, he said, declaring that "Twenty20 is a future of the game".

Some of the international players including Lance Kluesner and Adam Hollioake have confirmed participation, Sharma said.

Top Indian cricketers who would be back from Sri Lanka tour were also expected to take part, Patel said.

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