Cricket: Agarkar leads T20 big names

Cricket: Agarkar leads T20 big names

Ajit Agarkar tops a list of former Test and One-Day International cricketers who will take part in the Singapore Cricket Club International Twenty20 Tournament at the Padang and Kallang grounds from Aug 22 to 24.

The 36-year-old Indian fast bowler, who featured in 26 Tests and 191 ODIs and currently plays for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, will spearhead the Cricket Club of India's attack.

The title holders will also have former Indian ODI player Abhishek Nayar, 30, in their ranks.

The Madras Cricket Club are set to field former Indian internationals Hemang Badani, Subramaniam Badrinath and Sridharan Sriram, while Colombo-based Singhalese Sports Club will have noted Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne and all-rounder Thilina Kandamby.

The other five teams - Melbourne Cricket Club, South Africa's Rowlin National Cricket Academy, Hong Kong Cricket Club, Singapore Cricket Association President's XI and Singapore Cricket Club - boast some young players who donned national colours at Under-23 and U-19 levels.

Youngsters, traditionally, have an opportunity to showcase their talent by competing against established stars in this tournament.

Karunaratne, Sachithra Senanayake and Kaushal Silva, who stood out in previous editions, went on to represent Sri Lanka.

"Twenty20 cricket has captured the imagination and is arguably the most exciting format of the game," said Unmish Parthasarathi, the chairman of the tournament organising committee.

"When you combine that with who is coming here in August, the crowd is in for a real treat."

The organisers will also hold a Kwik cricket competition for local pupils aged 12 and below.

This article was first published on July 24, 2014.
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