Allengers Gully Cricket Tournament 2023′ to kick off from April 6: Chandigarh, UT Cricket Association (UTCA) and Chandigarh Police are going to organize ‘Allengers Gully Cricket Tournament 2023′ in aligned with cricketing passion amongst the youth and to keep them away from drugs and criminal activities.
A total of 238 teams are participating in this tournament which will kick off from April 6 on the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator His Excellency Banwari Lal Purohit will inaugurate the tournament at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 in the presence of the participating teams.
The registration of these teams has been done through all the 110 police beat boxes of Chandigarh Police across the city. Around 2800 young talents of the city between the age group of 14 to 18 years are participating in this tournament which is well supported by the Sports Department, Education and Social Welfare Department of the Chandigarh
Administration as well as Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The organizers will be registering this tournament in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records. The sponsors of the tournament are Allengers, Tynor, ICICI Bank and Manohar Infrastructure.
While addressing a press conference organized at Chandigarh Press Club, UTCA’s President Sanjay Tandon on elaborating the tournament said that this unique initiative is in each one’s interest. Firstly for the children of those slums, colonies and sectors who are getting the best opportunity to show their cricketing talent.
UTCA will also be eyeing to groom such talents so that they can represent Chandigarh in BCCI national level tournaments. Sanjay Tandon informed that the entire UTCA panel of selectors will vigil every match and mentor the outstanding players after the tournament.
He said that this initiative has been taken under the city’s drug-free campaign wherein UTCA and Chandigarh Police along with UT Administration will try to provide youth a new direction through those who are on the verge of the clutches of drugs.
He informed that this tournament will be made an annual event and cricket kits are being gifted to these budding players to keep them connected with cricket. These free kits include T-shirts, caps, lowers, cricket bats, shoes, bails, balls so that they can continue their practice even after the tournament.
Present on the occasion, SSP Kanwardeep Kaur representing Chandigarh Police’s DGP Praveer Ranjan said that youth have been playing an important role to bring a change in the society, therefore Chandigarh Police has also targeted the youth to cash on their sporting skills. She affirmed that the initiative will surely help in curbing petty criminal activities in the city.
The tournament will be played on knock out basis with ten-ten over-a-side. The final will be held on April 23 at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium. The matches will be played at ten different playgrounds in the city – Panjab University’s Law Ground, Punjab Engineering College (PEC)’s Ground, Collage of Architect’s Ground, DAV School, Sector 8, GMSSS Sector 32, 40, 19, 35, 26 and Police Lines, Sector 26.
Four matches will be held on each day wherein two matches will commence from 6 am and two will start from 3 pm onwards in the evening. 40 teams from Sub Division Central, 44 from Sub Division East, 31 from Sub Division North East, 50 from Sub Division South and 73 teams from Sub Division South West of Chandigarh Police are participating, making a total of 228 teams.
To avoid any form of injury, the match will be played with a tennis ball. Man of the match will be declared in every match. The tournament champions will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 51,000 while the runner-up team will receive Rs 31,000. Both the semi-finalist teams will be felicitated with Rs 11,000 each.
To promote the spirit of cricket, all the intellectual sections of the city will also strengthen the ‘Gully Cricket Tournament’ through exhibition matches. Teams from Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speakers, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speakers, Punjab & Haryana High Court Judges, Bar Council, Chandigarh Administration, Municipal Corporation, PGI, Press Club, IMA, Chandigarh Police and UTCA will play friendly matches on weekends during the course of the tournament.
Rishab Sharma and Karan Sharma, Directors, Allengers and Pushvinder Jit Singh, Chairman, Tynor, Tournament’s core committee members Devender Sharma, Alok Krishan, Yuvraj Mahajan, Ravindra Singh Billa, Daniel Banerjee, Rupesh K Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Manjit Singh and Sudeep Rawat were also present in the press conference along with senior officers of Chandigarh Police.