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YiPL National to be played in five-over format

A section of the crowd enjoying the moment at the Young Indians Premier League held in July this year on the Mani Higher Secondary School grounds.
A section of the crowd enjoying the moment at the Young Indians Premier League held in July this year on the Mani Higher Secondary School grounds.

The city's weather forecast predicts spells of rain over the next 48 hours. It may be quite windy too. But don't blame us if you are trapped in the midst of fours and sixes raining on the Kumaraguru College of Technology grounds here on Saturday.

The Young Indians (Yi) are geared up to set the stage on fire in the YiPL National 2011. Organised by the Yi Coimbatore Chapter, an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), YiPL is a cricket tournament played close on the lines of the famed IPL for its members.

Why cricket and not any other sport? “The truth is, nothing sells like cricket. It can bring about a sense of bonding among our members and also doubles up as a great health initiative,” says Gautom Menon, chairman, Membership Engagement, Yi Coimbatore Chapter.

About the event, it will be played in a five-over format and under lights from 6 p.m. until midnight. Six cities, namely Coimbatore Tigers, Madurai Gillies, Chennai Cheetahs, Kochi Kyillers, Metro Stars (Bangalore) and Desi Challengers (Hyderabad), with eight members each will fight it out for the top spot.

“Most of them have played some cricket, either in school or college, on the streets or in their neighbourhood. So, it's going to be a carnival-like atmosphere coupled with some high energy performances,” says Mr. Gautom.

“We plan to host the YiPL National 2012 in Hyderabad next year. It's going to be a big affair with increased participation. We are just testing the waters at the moment. We can definitely tap big sponsors and make it an annual event,” he adds.

The Hindu is the media partner for the event.

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