Inaugural NPCA Schools T10 Cricket Tourney on April 11 and 12 | Daily News

Inaugural NPCA Schools T10 Cricket Tourney on April 11 and 12

Past Cricketers Association of Nalanda (PCAN) President Nihal Pathirage (left) briefing the media regarding the inaugural inter-school Under 19 invitational T10  cricket tournament at a press briefing held at Bloomfield Cricket Club yesterday. Also in the picture are Upul  Gamage immediate past President of (PCAN) and Secretary of PCAN Manjula Narangoda (right) (Pic by Wimal Karunatilleka)

The Inaugural Inter Schools Under 19 Invitational T10 Cricket tournament conducted by Nalanda Past Cricketers Association (NPCA) will be held on April 11 and 12 at CCC grounds.

Nihal Pathirage the President of NPCA who is the Project Chairman of this inaugural tournament said we want to build good team spirit through this T10 tournament and to bring about discipline and produce a high standard of cricket at this tournament.

For the first time, NPCA decided to conduct this type of tournament and we have got the greenlight from the Education Ministry as well as Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA).

The 32 teams from the schools under 19 Division One tournament will battle for this inaugural tournament while our task is to produce top-level hard-hitters and young cricketers for in the white ball format which is a good platform to reach National level said Nihal Pathirage who was the 1986 Nalanda cricket captain and former BRC under 23 captain.

This tournament is the beginning of a new chapter for schools cricket and we are planning to conduct this on an annual basis with the support of the sponsors. We have to introduce a new concept for this tournament and look after players’ motivation and psychology side as well as English language which are vital areas to build up good cricketers at school level. We have decided to make an E-Souvenir with the support of advertisers with updates of scores, features and interviews.

This tournament is open for the top 32 division one under 19 schools.

The immediate past President of the NPCA Upul Gamage who was the Nalanda 50th big match (1979) captain said today we saw cricket talent is less due in the white ball format but we know India has made vast progress due to IPL and our plan is to make big hitters and good rounders at school level.

We hope to get four schools from the Northern Province and four girl teams for a separate T10 tournament which gives a chance to lower-division schools to take part.

An Elite panel of cricket umpires and good administrators are involved with this tournament and we want to have a high standard for this T- 10 tournament while prize money worth two and a half lakhs for the champion team as well as luxury type training worth more then 2.5 lakhs is eligible for the champion team and a sports goods bag from Chance Sports.  

The tournament will start from NCC, Thurstan grounds, Bloomfield, MCA grounds and D.S. Senanayake Grounds, Wijerama Mawatha and the main tournament including semi final and final will be on April 11-12 at CCC grounds.

NPCA senior officials and sponsors graced this press briefing held at Bloomfield yesterday.

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