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The inaugural edition of the Gujarat Premier League, a T20 based tournament 2018 was announced by former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif. He further added that he will be part of the opening season of the tournament. The competition is scheduled to be held in Surat.
However, the tournament aims at promoting the young talents across Gujarat and give them the opportunity to rub shoulders with some big names in the international circuit.
The initiative is taken by Dharmang S Dalal, the Director of Luxuryminds Entertainment. They accompanied the cricketer at the announcement of the Press Conference which was held on 3rd April. The location was Gateway Hotel Athwalines in Surat.
A total of six Indian former players and 18 former international and domestic stars will take part in the tournament spanning over a period of 12 days.
In addition, the six teams will eventually fight it out for the coveted title. However, each team will have one Indian cricketer and three former international and domestic stars.
In all, 18 matches will be played in the tournament during the course of the tournament. It will open with the grand opening ceremony featuring international players and domestic players.
But, all the matches of the tournament will be played in Surat, Ahmedabad, and Rajkot. Surat will be hosting seven matches including the final of the tournament. Rajkot and Ahmedabad will be sharing six and five matches respectively.
Moreover, the team who wins the tournament will be awarded a cash prize of INR 51 lakh while the runners-up will be awarded Rs 21 lakhs. Each participating team will get INR two lakh each in addition to the prize money.
Mohammad Kaif congratulated Dharmang for coming up with the initiative to start the T20-based tournament.
“Congratulations to Dharmang for coming up with this great initiative of a state-based T20 tournament. I’m extremely excited and delighted to be a part of Gujarat Premier League and looking forward to playing this tournament,” Kaif asserted.
“I expect this league adds more dimensions to cricket and brings out the best in the cricketers who will be participating in GPL,” he said.
However, Dhamrang S Dalal, Director of Luxuryminds Entertainment said:
“I have been very passionate about cricket since childhood and this is the reason why we came up with the idea of Gujarat Premier League. With cricketing legends like Mohammad Kaif, Brain Lara, Andrew Symonds and many more.”
He added: “we aim at giving the cricket fans an avant-garde experience of T20 matches. Power-packed with not only the legends of yesteryears, these thrilling matches will showcase some of the finest cricketers of Gujarat.”