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Recoginising Buddha’s birth place through cricket

The Kapilvastu Youth Cricket Development Academy is organising the Gautam Buddha International Cricket Tournament in Taulihawa from October 12-19.



The tournament, which is aimed at recognizing Kapilvastu as the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, will be participated in by six teams from India and six from Nepal. “The tournament will not only enable our homegrown cricketers to test some of the good cricketers from the neighboring countries but also establish good relations with them,” said Gopi Krisna Sharma, president of the Academy.


“And most importantly, it will help in strongly establishing the fact that Kapilvastu is the birthplace of Lord Buddha,” added Sharma.


The Indian teams will be from Delhi, Lucknow, Hariyana, Gorakhpur and Varanasi with the organizers assuring that the visiting sides will include cricketers who have or had played Ranji Trophy.


Among the Nepali teams any one team among Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal APF Club will participate along with the hosts while four other teams will be formed through the combination of the players from nine different regions that have been competing in the national tournaments.


All the matches will be held at the Buddha Padma School grounds. Sharma said the organizers are committed to make sure that there will be no stone unturned to ensure a smooth tournament.


“We have probably focused much in the ground. The pitch has been laid perfectly and we want to make sure that playing at the grounds will be medically safe,” said Sharma thanking the local sponsors who have supported to make the tournament a huge success.


Gautam Buddha International Twenty20 Tournament

Estimated Budget: Rs 23, 80,000

Cash Prizes: Rs 160,000 (Winners)

                        Rs 100,000 (Runners-up)

                        Rs 30,000 (Man-of-the-series)

                        Rs 5,000 (Every man-of-the-match)

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