The Lokmat Group, one of the key media houses in the Maharashtra market, has announced the State’s first ever IPL-style cricket event – LMCC – which will be held in November. The event is being organised under the auspices of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). All the matches would be day and night affairs and would be played over 12 days.
The announcement was made by Vijay Darda, MP and the Chairman of the LMCC. Darda said, “The state of Maharashtra has long been considered a nursery of some of the best cricket the country has seen and also has a special bond for the gentleman’s game.”
“From the crowded lanes of Mumbai to the dust bowls of Nagpur, the game has reached frenzy and that is one of the reasons why we thought we should promote an event exclusively at the state level,” explained Rishi Darda, President, LMCC.
He further said, “A total of eight teams, two each from Mumbai and Pune and one each from Aurangabad, Nagpur, Jalgaon and Kolhapur would be participating in the tournament, which would be played on a league cum knockout basis.”
Speaking on the composition of the teams, Rishi Darda said, “Each team would have 15 players. Three of them would be from their respective cities. Two of them would be from the franchise owner’s end as per their choice. The other 10 players would be selected from a pool of 80 players from Maharashtra, which would be selected under the aegis of the policies of BCCI, through the auction process.”
“The basic idea behind organising this league is to promote the event in smaller cities and provide a good platform to the local players to expose their talent at the state level,” said Vijay Darda.
“The players should earn money along with showcasing their talent at the state level,” Rishi Darda added.
The eight teams in fray have been christened as Mumbai Heroes, Nagpur Knights, Aurangabad Aryans, Mumbai Cyclones, Pune Peshwas, Pune Yorkers, Jalgaon Jewels and Kolhapur Champs.