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Stung by charges of corruption and financial irregularities, the Orissa Premier League that started off brilliantly with much fanfare in the year 2011 and was forced to be abandon ed by the Orissa Cricket Academy (OCA), has finally seen the day with the beginning of the start of OPL – Season 2 yesterday from 1st May.
After repeated postponements, the organizers took the event to a colorful start this year with much changes in the format and composition of the team. The opening ceremony of the gala event was held in Barabati Stadium in Cuttack yesterday amidst much fanfare.
Having done away with the bidding system for purchase of players and the direct involvement of any corporate in the process, the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has devised its own plan and strategy to hold the OPL and has made a list of some 176 players putting them in five grades and fixing their match allowances according to the gradation of players. A total of eight teams have been short listed that has been rechristened as Barabati, Mahanadi, Dhauli, Rushikulya, Baitarani, Konark, Subarnarekha and Chilika.
The playing eleven of each team consists of three players each from Grade A and B, two players from Grade C and D and one player from Grade E. The players will be paid according to their grades. Each team will have three players from Ranji team, four each from B and C grade player pool and three or four players from local area. They will be paid Rs 50,000, Rs 40,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively for each match.
This year all the matches of the Orissa Premier League (OPL) will be played in Barabati stadium (cuttack) and VSS stadium (Sambalpur). While all the Group A matches will be held in Cuttack the Group B matches will be palyed in Sambalpur. At both the venues, the first match will be played from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm and second from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Arrangements have also been made to get the matches telecasted on local TV channels.
The champions of OPL-II will get cash a cash prize of Rs 3 lakhs, while the runners-up will take home Rs 2 lakhs.The third-placed team will be richer by Rs 1 Lakh, while the Man of the Tournament will pocket Rs 25,000.
The Twenty 20 tournament could not be held last year after it came under the scanner of the vigilance department following allegations of black money having been invested by corporate who sponsored the event. The event this year , though sans any major sponsor still has everything in it to enthuse it’s fan and have their eyeballs glued to the TV screen!
The most expensive player of the Orissa premier league (OPL) has proved his worth once again by continuing to impress everybody with his for. Back after scoring the first century in the OPL, Biplab Samantray became the first player in the history of OPL to take a Hat-trick.
Adjudged, man of the match, Biplab Samantray contributed with the willow too by scoring 44 of 24 balls. The innings was studded with four sixes and two fours. Fuelled with the all-round display of the youngster, the Katak Barabati team defeated Bhubaneswar jaguars by 11 runs in the match.
Set to chase 130 by the Katak Barabati Tigers, the Bhubaneswar Jaguars were cruising steadily towards victory with 103 for the loss of three wickets in the 16th over. But then Biplab struck dismissing Santosh Shetty, Avinash Bhuyian and Priyabrata Pradhan of three successive deliveries to ensure victory for his side.
Earlier when the Tigers batted, it was again Samantray who defied the Bhubaneswar Jaguar’s bowlers where spinner Sukanta Hati stood out with a brilliant spell of 4-0-36-4.Save Samantray, None of the other players of Katak team could handle him. He was well supported by Jayanta Behera.
The time has arrived when Orissa and its cricket loving fans can now boast of an indigenous domestic cricket league. The inaugural ceremony of the Orissa Premier League (OPL) T20 kicked off to a colorful start at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on 22nd June 2011, redefining the way cricket is being played in Orissa.The biggest-ever sports extravaganza in Odisha began with the cultural programs, musical shows.
As the sun went down and the sapping heat of the summers gave way to cool breeze, the Barabati Stadium went live with waves of colorful lights floating all around. Lasers flickered conjuring images and crackers burst in tandem to rock the venue which showcased the beginning of a new era in the sporting history of Orissa.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by many top Cricketing officials of the Orissa Cricket Association along with top rung politicians and multitude of Cricket fans. All ten teams with their players, support staff, brand ambassadors and other cultural troops took part in the parade across the stadium, much to the delight of the crowd. Donning their team colors, the players were greeted by the capacity crowd of Barabati as they paraded around the stadium.
The cricket-loving crowd in Odisha cheered all teams that took part in the parade with their flags and logos. Several top Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) officials, including Secretary Ashirbad Behera and former Indian Cricket Manager Ranjib Biswal were present at the inauguration ceremony. Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Badri Narayan Patra and Barabati MLA Debashish Samantray also attended the OPL inauguration.
The first match of the OPL was later held between the Katak Barabati tigers and Bhubaneswar Jaguars.
Group-A: Angul Tuskers (AT), Berhampur Bhanja Veers (BBV), JSP Sparks Jagatsinghpur (JSPSJ), Puri Emperors (PE), Western Samurai Rourkela (WSR).
Group-B: Baleswar Baghas (BB), Bhubaneswar Jaguars (BJ), Cooperative Kings Dhenkanal (CKD), Kashvi Power Rangers Kendujhar (KPRK), Katak Barabati Titers (KBT).
May 22: KBT vs BJ (Barabati Stadium, Cuttack) 8.30 pm.
May 23: BJ vs KPRK (Railway Stadium, Bhubaneswar) 6.00 pm
May 24: BBV vs JSPSJ (Gopabandhu Stadium, Paradeep) 6.00 pm; PE vs WSR (VSS Stadium, Sambalpur) 6.00 pm; KBT vs BB (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm; CKD vs KPRK (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm.
May 26: AT vs BBV (Kadam Padia, Angul) 6.00 pm; JSPSJ vs WSR (VSS Stadium) 6.00 pm; KBT vs CKD (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; BB vs BJ (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
May 28: AT vs PE (Kadam Padia) 6.00 pm; BBV vs WSR (VSS Stadium) 6.00 pm; BB vs KPRK (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; BJ vs CKD (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
May 30: BBV vs PE (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm; KBT vs KPRK (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; BB vs CKD (Cuttack) 6.00 pm.
May 31: AT vs WSR (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm; JSPSJ vs PE (Gopabandu Stadium) 6.00 pm; KBT vs BB (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; BJ vs CKD (Cuttack) 6.00 pm.
June 1: AT vs JSPSJ (Gopabandhu Stadium) 6.00 pm; PE vs WSR (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 2: BB vs KPRK (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; KBT vs BJ (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 3: AT vs BBV (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; JSPSJ vs PE (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 4: KBT vs CKD (VSS Stadium) 6.00 pm; BJ vs KPRK (Kadam Padia) 6.00 pm.
June 5: AT vs JSPSJ (Kadam Padia) 6.00 pm; BBV vs WSR (VSS Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 6: BB vs BJ (VSS Stadium) 6.00 pm; CKD vs KPRK (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 7: AT vs PE (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm; BBV vs JSPSJ (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 8: KBT vs KPRK (Kadam Padia) 6.00 pm; BB vs CKD (Gopabandhu Stadium) 6.00 pm; JSPSJ vs WSR (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 9: AT vs WSR (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm; BBV vs PE (Railway Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 10: 1st semifinal: Group-A winners vs Group-B runners-up (Barabati Stadium) 3.00 pm; 2nd semifinal: Group-B winners vs Group-A runners-up (Barabati Stadium) 7.00 pm.
June 11: Third-place match between loosing semifinalists (Barabati Stadium) 6.00 pm.
June 12: Final (Barabati Stadium) 7.00 pm.
Orissa’s own cricket razzmatazz, the Orissa Premier League (OPL)begins inthe Barabati Stadium of cuttack from today! The Katak Barabati Tigers take on Bhubaneswar Jaguars in the inaugural match. But before that, spectators in the Barabati Stadium will be treated to a spectacular laser show followed by a grand display of fireworks.
The Orissa Cricket Association has done everything to ensure that the event is attended in large numbers. The stage is also set for promotingthe cultural heritage of Orissathrough the OPL.In this endeavor, popular artistes from all parts of the state will perform at the inaugural function . A few artistes from outside the state will also perform in the event.
Presence of a large number of actors from Ollywood will also be a attracting crowds .Anubhav Mohanty, the brand ambassador of OPL will add attraction to the cricket carnival.
The first of its kind, Orissa Prmier League will be an event that will involve 140 players and ten different teams. The competition is due to be over on June 12th.
The much awaited Orissa Premier League is due to start in a week’s time and as the countdown to Orissa’s greatest cricket extravaganza starts, all the eyes are fixed on one man – Biplab Samantray!
The costliest player of the first season of OPL is also the captain of Katak Barabati Tigers! Biplab Samantray who was bought by Katak team for a whopping Rs. 4, 60,000 is a right-hand batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler. The player made an impressive first-class debut, scoring a half-century for Orissa in a Ranji Trophy Elite Group-B match against Baroda at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on November 1, 2010 is much sought after player in the domestic circuits. Biplab Samantaray has also lead the Orissa side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali all-India knock-out T20 tournament to be held in Hyderabad from March 12 to 16, will lead the Katak Barabati tigers Team.
Findout more about Biplab here.
The Orissa cricket Assocaition (OCA) declared that the popular Oriya actor Anubhav Mohanty would be the Brand Ambassador for the upcoming Orissa Premier League (OPL). The actor was roped in owing to his popularity and ability to draw crowds. The young actor took time to thank the OCA . “OPL is a good platform to promote cricket in the state.I hope it provides the game to surge and spread all across the state. I am looking forward to the tournament with great interest,,” Mohanty stated
The names of all the ten participating teams in the T20 extravaganza were also declared by the OCA alongith their home venues. The teams are
1. Bhubaneswar Jaguars
2. Kashvi Power rangers Keonjhar
3. Copertaive Kings Dhenkanal
4. JSP Spark
5. Puri Emperors
6. Katak Barabati Tigers
7. Berhampur Bhanja Veerh
8. Angul Tuskers
9. Baleshwar Baghes
10. Western Samurai Rourkela
The OPL which starts from May 22nd in Barabati Stadium Cuttack will be played in a period of 20 days across venues of Cuttack,Bhubnaeswar,Sambalpur, Angul and Paradeep. In tune with the IPL, all the matches will be played in night under floodlights.The final match will be played on June 12th at the Barabati Stadium.