Jharkhand cricketers to go under hammer for JPL

Ranchi: Jharkhand became the second state after Karnataka to hold Twenty-20 through franchisee, pitching international cricketer and local boy Saurabh Tiwary as the `Brand Ambassador` for the 8-day Jharkhand Premier League (JPL) beginning on March 12.

"The JPL will be organised jointly by Jharkhand State Cricket Association and Elite Sports Management (ESM). The BCCI has permitted for the franchise bidding and taking 100 players as marque," ESM Director, Nishant Dayal, told a news conference here.

The franchise bidding would be held on February six for the five teams - Ranchi Rangers, Bokaro Bulls, Singhbhum Shers, Dhanbad Diamond and Jamshedpur Jaanbaaz, he said.

Any corporate entity in the country could bid for a minimum of Rs 15 lakh for team during the players` auction that would be taken up on February 13.

The hundred players, to be put on marque by the organisers, would be from teams like India A, India Under-19 and India Seniors (Group A), Ranji Trophy (Group B), Under-19 Under-22 (Group C) and district represented players (Group D).

While the minimum auction money for players in the Group A would be Rs two lakh, the money for groups B, C and D would be Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively, he added.

"Tiwary will also be available for auctioneering," he Dayal added.