Orissa Premier League: Teams and Owners Unveiled

Orissa Premier League

Orissa Premier League

The dream of having Orissa’s own Cricket League got more realistic as the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) unveiled the top 10 bidders from across the state that will own individual team for the first edition of the T-20 extravaganza. The ten teams that would feature in the Orissa Premier League (OPL) are Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Berhampur, Puri, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Rourkela and Jagatsinghpur.

Team Bhubaneswar got the highest bid amount of Rs 54,99,999.It was bought by LG Infrastructure Limited. The table below shows the other teams of the mega event and their owners.

Team

Owner

Bid Amount

Bhubaneswar

LG Infrastructure Limited.

Rs 54,99,999

Keonjhar

Kashvi Power and Steel

Dhenkanal

Mr Panchanan Mohanty

45,45,045

Jagatsinghpur

Arindam Sarkhal

39,00,400

Puri

Orissa Overseas Private Ltd

36,00,000

Cuttack

Mahadev Pati (Sidharth Construction)

35,00,400

Berhampur

Infocity Lifestyle

34,00,000

Angul

Bikash Swain

27,00,000

Balasore

SB Infrastructure

27,00,000

Rourkela

Maa Van Bhori Minerals

27,00,000

The bidding process was participated by corporate and individuals alike. Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) had sold a total of 138 forms from interested bidders out of which 97 were selected and finally 10 highest bidders were finalized to own a team in the first edition of OPL.A base price of Rs 8 Lakhs was fixed for each team and multiple bids were received for a single team. The Orissa Premier League starts from May 22 2011.

barabati Stadium to showcase th OPL matches

Barabati Stadium of Cuttack to showcase th OPL matches

The player’s auction will be next item on the menu of events towards hosting of the first OPL. The auction is scheduled to start on May 13th and franchise owners have to choose a minimum of six players each from a pool of players graded as A, B, C, D and E. A player graded in List A would cost the owner Rs 60,000, in List B Rs 50,000, in List C Rs 30,000, in Grade D Rs 20,000 and in Grade E Rs 10,000.

The Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) proposes to hold 44 matches in the first OPL. The winner would take away a prize money of Rs 4 lakh while the runners up will team would get Rs 2 lakh. The inaugural match on May 22, the semifinals and the final would be played at the Barabati stadium.

Telecast rights of the much hyped event has been bagged by Bangalore-based Das Capital Management and Advisors Private Limited for a fee of Rs 10 lakh. The firm is negotiating with a couple of state and national sports channels for live telecast of matches.

With the just concluded biddings which were not only remarkable but also spectacular, the OCA has moved a step further in its objective of creating the right environment for cricket in the state. Hopefully the OPL will serve as the breeding ground for cricketing talents in Orissa.

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