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A chance for young cricketers to prove their mettle

Staff Reporter

Four-day ACA inter-zonal tourney gets under way



Andhra Cricket Association president Gokaraju Ganga Raju greeting players participating in the inter-zonal tournament in Vijayawada on Friday.

VIJAYAWADA: The four-day Andhra Cricket Association inter-zonal tournament for T. Rattaiah Trophy was inaugurated by association president Gokaraju Ganga Raju at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium on Friday.

Mr. Raju advised the players to work as a team and bring glory to the association, more so because the ACA did not perform well in the current season in all age–group tournaments. “Give your best shot and try to win the forthcoming South Zone one-day tournament for K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Tournament to be held at Chennai in February,” he told the players. Some of the seasoned cricketers like K.S. Shahabuddin (selected for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL), Kalyan Krishna, P. Vijay Kumar, Y. Gnaneswara Rao and H. Watekar will be seen in action. “Players like Y. Venugopala Rao, G.V.S. Prasad, and A.S.K. Varma will join their respective teams later, owing to their prior commitments with their employees,” said an ACA official.

Three zones – Central (Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari and Prakasam), South (Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Kadapa and Nellore) and North (Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari) will vie for honours in the one-day tournament. Andhra has had a dismal year with its Ranji Trophy team getting confined to plate position for the second year in a row. Andhra could make it to the knockout but faltered against Assam at Guwahati. However, the best performance had come from the under-14 team that finished next to Hyderabad, while under-19 team and under-16 teams took the third slots in the South Zone. Women cricketers too failed to live up to their expectations, as their senior team finished fourth and under-19 team occupied the third slot.

The ongoing selection tournament is certainly a boon to the young cricketers, who are keen to make a mark in first class cricket.

Chairman of the selection committee M.N. Ravi Kumar along with Central Zone member Bhaskar Rama Murthy will watch all the matches.

Former Andhra Ranji skipper K. Chandrasekhara Rao, KDCA vice-presidents Ch. Arun Kumar and V. Prabhu Prasad, KDCA secretary Koka Ramesh, ACA statistician G. Phani and others were present.

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