Corporate Trophy unveiled in Bangalore

Updated: 27 August 2009 16:30 IST

The BCCI unveiled inaugural BCCI Corporate Trophy, with a number of cricketers including master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh in attendance.

Corporate Trophy unveiled in Bangalore
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Bangalore:

The Indian cricket board on Thursday unveiled inaugural Sahara BCCI Corporate Trophy, with a number of cricketers including master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh in attendance.

The 12-team tournament, aiming at reviving the waning corporate interest in the game, will be held in four venues across the country - Mohali, Vishakhapatnam, Dharamsala and Bangalore.

The trophy was unveiled by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale and corporate communications chief of Sahara Group Abhijit Sarkar.

Most of the Indian cricketer, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be seen in action during the one-day tournament to be held from September 1-8.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, which appeared to be a low-key event without much fanfare despite the presence of Tendulkar and Yuvraj, Srinivasan said over the years corporate interest in the game has declined.

However, Srinivasan was quick to add that introduction of the Indian Premier League has indeed "revived the corporate rivalries" to an extent.

Former India captain Rahul Dravid, speaking on behalf of the cricketers, lauded the BCCI's initiative to conduct such a tournament and termed it a "great step in reinvigorating" corporate interest in the game of cricket.

The participating teams are Indian Revenue, ITC, Air India - Blue, BPCL, MRF, ONGC, AIPSSPB, Tata Sports Club, Indian Oil, Air India-Red, India Cements and BSNL.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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