BENGALURU: A rebranded tournament in a new format: that is the Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 bash for you, which gets under way from August 7.
The tournament replaces the franchise-based Karnataka Premier League which was controversy-ridden the last time it was held in 2019.
Six teams — Bengaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Hubballi, Raichur and Mangaluru — are in the fray. The tournament will begin in Mysuru and end at the Chinnaswamy stadium here on August 26.
As reported by TOI earlier, the competition has been modelled around the Cricket Australia-run Big Bash League.
The players will be picked through a draft system — likely to be held on July 30 — by the six KSCA-appointed head coaches, an equal number of assistant coaches and a selector each. The purse for each team is Rs 40 lakh to pick a minimum of 16 players and maximum of 20. Each team will have a minimum of two players from their catchment areas.
The players have been divided into four categories based on their experience with another category earmarked for catchment-area players. The maximum purse is Rs 5 lakh per player (category A) and the minimum is Rs 30,000 (catchment area).
“In the new model, we have team sponsors and not owners. The responsibility of forming the teams, running cricket and taking care of the players will be that of KSCA. We have divided Karnataka into six zones like we do for the other KSCA tournaments. KSCA’s cricket committee has decided on the module to be followed and formed the core groups which will be responsible for the functioning of each team,” KSCA secretary Santosh Menon said.
Treasurer and KSCA spokesperson Vinay Mrithyunjaya said: “We decided on the new format because KSCA would have had to pay taxes on all receipts, including the grants from the BCCI, if we were to follow the franchise model.”
With the match-fixing scandal hitting KPL, Menon revealed that there were additional checks and measures in place for this tournament.
“Efforts are on to introduce technology to prevent corruption. We have written to the BCCI for their anti-corruption team to oversee the tournament. They will also educate the players and support staff. Apart from the strict vigilance from the BCCI, we will have additional manpower from the KSCA to monitor the proceedings,” he said.
In the pipeline are exhibition matches for women players. Star Sports are the official broadcasters.
Dates: August 6-27
Teams: Bengaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Hubballi, Raichur and Mangaluru.
Head coaches: Stuart Binny, Naseeruddin, Mansur Ali Khan, Nikhli Haldipur, Deepak Chougle and PV Shahsikanth.
Draft purse: Rs 40 lakh per team
Minimum squad strength: 16; Maximum: 20 (18+2 from catchment area)
Reserve price for players: Category A: Rs 5 lakh; Category B: Rs 3 lakh; Category C: Rs 1 lakh; Category D: Rs 50,000; Catchment area: Rs 30,000.
Photo caption: The KSCA office-bearers (from left): Shavir Tarapore, Santosh Menon, Roger Binny, Vinay Mrithyunjaya and J Abhiram at the trophy unveiling in Bengaluru on Saturday.