Bengal cricketers looking forward to T20 Challenge

The T20 tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal is set to begin on November 24.

Abhishek Raman, a Ranji Trophy regular, tested positive for COVID-19.   -  FILE PHOTO/ RAJEEV BHATT

After being out of action for more than eight months due to the pandemic, elite cricketers of the State are eagerly looking forward to the inaugural Bengal T20 Challenge.

With the tournament set to begin on November 24, Anustup Majumdar, one of the leading run-getters for the Ranji Trophy finalist side last season, sounded positive. “We are excited to get back to cricket after such a long time. Hats off to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for organising such a tournament amid this difficult situation,” said Majumdar, the Mohun Bagan captain.

'Thankful'

East Bengal skipper and all-rounder Arnab Nandi heaved a sigh of relief. “Cricket is resuming after a long time and I am thankful to the CAB. We all wanted an exclusive T20 tournament for our State so that the players could be ready for major tournaments. We are eager to play again. It’s a great opportunity,” said Nandi.

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Another well-known all-rounder, Shahbaz Ahmed, who will lead Tapan Memorial Club, said, “This is a great platform for the players ahead of the domestic season. It will boost their confidence.”

Six teams will compete in the tournament to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 24 to December 9.

Meanwhile, three other players – Abhishek Raman (East Bengal), Writtick Chatterjee (Mohun Bagan) and Dip Chatterjee (Customs) – have tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the event.

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