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Nepal’s longest cricket tournament to be launched in February

Nine Six Events Pvt Ltd, a sports event management company mainly focusing on cricket, is set to launch Nepal’s longest cricket tournament in 96 Trophy – a two-day U-19 tournament.

The tournament will run across all seven provinces, played for over 122 days, informed the organisers on Saturday. The tournament name is dedicated to the year when Nepal made their first mark in world cricket through their first ever official tour during 1996 ACC Trophy.

96 Trophy is designed to uplift and promote the club and academy level of cricket in Nepal. More than tournament this is a season, said Amit Pokharel, Chairman of the Nine Six Events.

The tournament will take place in Seven Provinces (jointly in Province 5 and 6 as they have common Provincial Cricket Board) and winner of each province will qualify to main draw, i.e. National Level Tournament.

The first season will start from Province 1 on February 21 with Jhapa and Morang jointly organising the tournament. “Maximum eight clubs or academies can participate in one province, so we can cover 48 clubs or academies in the first season and the number will keep increasing as season goes on,” said Roshan Dhital Managing Director of the company.

According to the organisers, the season will start from February every year and will finish until January to start the next season a month later.

The champions of the tournament will pocket a purse of Rs 250,000, while the man-of-the-series will get Rs 25,000. The best batsman and bowler will get Rs 10,000 apiece.

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