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Tollygunge Agragami to Organise First-of-its-kind Test-Format Cricket Tournament

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Tollygunge Agragami and its cricket coaching initiative Mantoo Ghosh Cricket Academy (MGCA) are organising a first-of-its-kind in Bengal under-15 cricket tournament, experimenting with a format that is crucial for shaping future cricketers. Starting Wednesday, 1 December, 20 teams are to take part in a test-format cricket tournament, in which each match will be played over two days. Each team will bat twice and 80 overs bowled in a day, split into three sessions: a break from run-chasing limited over cricket, which is the only kind of competition that children of this age group in the state get to face early on in their careers. Twenty teams have been divided into five groups of four each. Each team will get to play at least three matches at the league stage. The top team from each group will move up to the knockout stage with the top three from among the five (by score or net run rate) directly qualifying for the semi-finals. The fourth and fifth teams will play a qualifier to determine the fourth entrant into the semi-finals. All standard rules of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) apply. Children born on or after 1 September 2006 are eligible to take part. If a match ends in a draw or tie, teams shall receive one point each, the team with a first-innings lead will receive a bonus of three points. For outright wins, teams will be awarded five points. Most of the top cricket coaching camps from Kolkata and its suburbs such as Mohammedan Sporting, Mainland Sambaran Cricket Academy, Bournvita Cricket Academy and Victoria Sporting are participating in this tournament. Host MGCA is to field two teams. A large number of players to take part in the tournament are Bengal under-16 aspirants, who have recently appeared in the trials organised by CAB.

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Report : Anustup Kundu