Pokhara Premier League (PPL) organisers Queen’s Events Management Pvt Ltd is set to launch the Baliyo Nepal Cup, an Under-16 tournament which in its initial phase will begin with provincial set up.
The inaugural edition will be a Lumbini Provincial tournament scheduled for April 3-10 in Lamahi, Dang. The tournament will be expanded to all provinces in coming years so that more kids will be involved in the game, said Queen’s Managing Director Chhumbi Lama.
Prior to the tournament, there will be a talent hunt from March 25-28 involving young cricketers from 18 districts of the province, four of them non-members of the Cricket Association of Nepal. The organisers have already distributed cricket kits to 40 municipalities to get the kids into the game.
After the players’ selection a 12-district tournament will go underway with the teams divided into four groups. The table toppers after the completion of league stage will compete in the semi-finals for title championship match.
Baliyo Nepal Nutrition Initiative is collaborating with Queen’s for the smooth functioning of the event. America’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been chipping in financial assistance to Chaudhary Foundation for the Baliyo Nepal Nutrition Initiative.
Former national team skipper Paras Khadka said the Baliyo Nepal Cup could build a foundation of grassroots cricket which in coming days will transform into a pool of players that can win World Cup for Nepal.
“If we dream of winning World Cup, then we have to start the work straight away and Baliyo Nepal Cup will lay a good foundation in this cause, said Paras.
The best male and female players from the tournament will be involved in more cricket programmes in coming years, said the organisers.