Mumbai: Top men and women cagers of the
country, including renowned names like Vishesh Braghuvanshi,
Sambhaji Kadam, S Robinson and Geethu Anna Jose, are to take
part in the Rs 14-lakh prize money first Mastan Basketball
Professional League here from May 8-15.
The tournament is being held directly by the Basketball
Federtion of India and the Mastan YMCA with the BFI coaches
picking the eight men`s and four women`s teams, BFI
secretary-general Harish Sharma told reporters today.
"This is not the NBA, but in our own way we are starting
a league for the betterment of basketball. We want the best
players from the country playing for balanced teams, but they
are not associated with any commercial groups," Sharma said.
"We have invited most international players for the
tournament, including the junior national women campers at
Indore who would be playing as one team. The junior men would
be distributed among various teams. The matches would be
watched by the national coaches and government observer," the
BFI official said.
Sharma said the players would be given cash prizes for
each match, ranging from Rs 2000 each to Rs 5000 each, whether
they finish on the winning side or losing side.
They are also being given good hotel accommodation and
all the expenses of the tournament are being taken care of by
sponsors Lakadawala Developers, he added.