Former Indian cricketer and Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir is planning to organise a 10 team T20 Cricket tournament at the upgraded Yamuna Sports Complex. Touted as the East Delhi Premier League, the tournament will feature 10 teams from the 10 constituencies of East Delhi. It will also have three selectors who have played cricket at the international level. Teams from the constituencies Jangpura, Okhla, Trilokpuri, Kondli, Patparganj, Laxmi Nagar, Vishwas Nagar, Shahdara, Krishna Nagar and Gandhi Nagar – would be selected after trials.
As per a report in Indian Express, the tournament will be played in end of october and November. The report further said that special coaches, sports kits for players, physiologists, and other facilities will be made available for the teams.
“The age criteria will be between 17 and 36 years. Trials would be held, and international-level players would select players from each constituency… transparency would be ensured in these trials and only people who are residents of the constituency can represent the teams,” he said.
“Each team would be auctioned after fixing a base price and the money generated from the sponsors would be used to provide facilities to players. “The idea is to give good cricketing experiences to people of the constituency. In the process, if we find talented players whose potential has gone unnoticed due to lack of facilities, they would be further groomed,” Indian Express quoted Gambhir.
Yamuna Sports Complex has been finalised as the venue. The stadium has been upgraded recently with two international-level dressing rooms, four pitches, practice pitches, floodlights, electronic scoreboard, canopies, dressing room, sponsors box, and a side screen.