From press conferences to auctions, MIT’s own IPL is off and running
Manipal: The Manipal Institute of Technology Cricket League (MITCL) was inaugurated amidst a host of dignitaries including MIT Director GK Prabhu on October 10. Rishab Dave and Rohit Sarkar, two players from MIT who were selected to play in the Mangalore Premier League received special mentions during the event.
MITCL follows the experiment with football last semester, when the MIT Football League was launched. The advantages of players taking part in a competitive league system was realised and this appears to have found its way to cricket, in a style reminiscent of the Indian Premier League.
Six teams are competing for the inaugural MITCL title. The team captains, Mayank Sinha for Titans, Romel Raj Krishna for Hurricanes, Saswat Prusty for Wizards, Rishabh Singh for Samurais, Aryan Gupta for Pirates and Abhishek Gerrard Francis for Ninjas along with the chairperson of MITCL, Vansh Mahajan addressed the media.
The organizers of MITCL firmly believe that the first edition is a stepping stone to greater success. They have plans in place to further expand after evaluating the outcome of the current tournament. The organizers didn’t have a definite answer to whether the tournament could be ruined by a sudden rain-shower, but were playing their cards in hopes that it wouldn’t.
Most of the players participating in the tournament have known each for quite a while and it would be of no surprise if this familiarity will be used as strategic advantage in game. “Definitely. We are all close friends, all of us play for MIT and we know each other quite well. The intensity on the ground is going to be crazy because of that. It’s nothing on the wrong side, it’s going to be friendly and all in good spirit,” exclaimed Aryan Gupta.
The question remains however, wouldn’t it have been more competitive if more colleges were allowed to participate in the tournament? The MIT A captain, Romel Raj Krishna, agreed. “I even asked Vansh if we could incorporate other colleges. But he said this was the first time and it won’t be easy for them. There is a lot more talent present in various colleges and competition wise, it would have been so much better,” he stated. However, when asked about the possibility of such a decision in the next edition, Vansh Mahajan, the organiser appeared very positive.
The captains meanwhile, were confident of their chances and believe that the teams are immensely well balanced. In terms of having enough practice as a team, the captains would have loved more time but feel what they have right now gives them enough time to lay down strategies and act upon them.
A fake auction based on the model of the IPL was conducted on the 13th of September. Each team was given a budget of Rs.25 lakhs to spend on players who were given a base price according to their performance in the trials. The Hurricanes and the Ninja’s were slated for their excessive spending and the captains wanted to clarify that their initial aim was to get the best players possible. It was only during the middle of the auction did they realize they could have played it smarter. Despite the mishap, they took it on the chin and as nothing more than a learning experience.
MITCL starts off with many aspirations, but its potential to turn bigger than what it is right now is vast.
09/10/2016 – Titans vs Hurricanes – 9:000AM to 12:30PM
Pirates vs Wizards – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
10/10/2016 – Ninjas vs Titans – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Wizards vs Samurais – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
16/10/2016 – Hurricanes vs Ninjas – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Samurais vs Pirates – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
23/10/2016 – PA1 vs PB1 – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
PA2 vs PB2 – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
29/10/2016 – PA1 vs PB2 – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
PA2 vs PB1 – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
30/10/2016 – PA1 vs PA2 – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
PB1 vs PB2 – 1:30PM to 5:00PM
1/11/2016 – 3rdvs 4th – 9:00AM to 12:30PM
1stvs 2nd – 1:30PM to 5:00PM