Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is set to organise what it claims to be the biggest cricket tournament ever in the world, in which 1,300 teams and 18,000 players are expected to take part.
The J P Twenty20 Mahasangram Season II will begin on November 13 from the remotest town of Himachal, Kalpa, said Sanjay Sharma, PRO of HPCA.
Sharma said HPCA, which will conduct the tournament in 70 venues across the state, has already applied for inclusion of the tournament in the Guinness Book of World Records.
“The idea to start the tournament in Kalpa, which is in Kinour District, is to bring cricket to the farthest corners,” The tournament will be played in the knock-out format. The semi finals and final will be played under flood lights in Dharamsala,” said Sharma.
Explaining that the entire organising cost of the tournament would be footed by HPCA, he said the association will also present cash prizes worth Rs 30 lakh.
Each member of the quarter-finalist team will also receive a set of cricketing equipment.
After getting through the district level matches, two teams from each district will play in the next stages.
The winning team will bag a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh, runners-up Rs 2 lakh and semi-finalists will take home Rs 51,000.
In 2009, during the J P Twenty20 Mahasangram Season I, 1,017 teams involving around 14,500 players participated in the matches played across 57 venues.
Sharma said HPCA had tried to register the tournament in the Limca Book of Records last year, but a technical hitch prevented the association from doing so.
However, the authorities had agreed about the claim of the organisers, he added.