DHANGADHI — Preparations for ‘Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL)’ Cricket Tournament, which is taking place in Dhangadhi from March 31, are over, the organisers said here on Thursday. This is so far the country’s biggest cash prize in cricket championship.
At a press conference organized by Dhangadhi Cricket Academy, the host of the championship, Academy chairperson Shubhash Bikram Shahi shared that the preparations of the tournament have completed.
He further said that the contributions of media workers, sports lovers and cricketers have made it possible to host the big event.
Paras Khadka, Nepali Cricket Team Captain and Strategic Player of Biratnagar Kings, which is also taking part in the tournament, said that such events would give birth to new cricketers and contribute to the advancement of cricket.
The tournament is taking place at sport ground of Federal Police Unit Office in Dhangadhi. The ground and pitch have been prepared in a very attractive way to give impression of the tournament of international standards. A temporary ‘Parapet’ having capacity of around 7,000 audiences has been prepared.
The tournament of second edition had also gained ICC recognition.
Likewise, cricketers associated to different teams have started arriving Dhangadhi. Insurance has been arranged for all the players taking part in the tournament and staffs as well, shared the host.
Foreign players in the teams
Indian IPL players Punit Bista and Punit Mehera are participating in the tournament being associated with Mahendranagar United.
Likewise, Indian cricketer Deepak Prasad and Omani player Sufyan Mohammad are playing from Rupandehi Challengers; Indian cricketers Gaurav Chitkar and Bipin Chand are in CYC Attariya and Indian Ranaji player Jaykisan Kolsawala and Shani Patel are playing from Kathmandu Golden. However, foreign players of the Biratnagar Kings and Team Chauraha Dhangadhi are yet to be made public.
The strategic players in the tournament include Binod Bhandari (Mahendranagar United), Shakti Gauchan (Rupandehi Challengers), Deependra Singh Eiri (CYC Attariya), Sompal Kami (Team Chauraha Dhangadhi), Gyanendra Malla (Kathmandu Goldens) and Paras Khadka (Biratnagar Kings).
An arrangement has been made to live air the tournament through AP 1HD Television Streaming and DPL official facebook page and twitter handle and app. There is also an arrangement of big screen in the ground and re-play of the match.
Participating cricket teams and award
As many as six cricket teams including Team Chauraha Dhangadhi, CYC Attariya, Mahendranagar United, Kathmandu Goldens, Biratnagar Kings and Rupandehi Challengers are participating in the tournament.
The winner of the tournament will receive a big cash prize of Rs 2.5 million, the first runner-up Rs 1 million, third Rs 300,000 and fourth rs 200,000. Total 19 matches will be played in the tournament.
Besides, a player winning the title of ‘man of the series’ will receive a motorbike, the winner of ‘Gold Star Most Valuable Player’ will receive golden boot and ‘man of the match’ winner of each event will receive Rs 10,000.Follow @gorkhapost
France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title
MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.
France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.
Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.
The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.
Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.
Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.
Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.Follow @gorkhapost