Don Bosco (Egmore) start favourites in the second and final phase of The Muthoot Group-sponsored 4th Junior Super Kings Inter-school T20 Championships 2017 beginning at the ICL Sankar Nagar cricket ground in Tirunelveli on Sunday after having won a highly competitive Chennai leg last week by beating AVM Rajeswari MHSS in the decider.
While AVM will be looking to exact revenge, the six other teams in the fray that qualified as winners of the first phase held in seven districts across Tamil Nadu (Madurai and Tirunelveli combined), promise to make the final phase an exciting week of cricket given their potential, performances and the unpredictable nature of the game’s shortest format.
The eight teams have been split into two groups for a league-cum-knockout competition comprising 15 matches to be played with white ball and the final under lights. And while the final will be telecast deferred live on Star Sports Tamil, all the earlier matches will be aired as one-hour capsules by the same channel.
“Now these kids have an opportunity to be playing in front of TV... in front of so many people, so many sponsors,” Test batsman Abhinav Mukund had said at the launch press conference.
It must be reiterated here that several Cubs from the previous editions of JSK have gone on to make a mark at higher levels, most notable being Washington Sundar who made his international debut last month at 18 years and 69 days.
“A lot of credit to CSK who have always looked after cricketers... I hope this tournament brings out more talent like Washi (Washington Sundar),” Mukund added.
Don Bosco (Egmore, Chennai), runners-up in the previous edition, Srirangam Boys (Tiruchi), Le Chatelier (Madurai) and Jawahar-CBSE (Cuddalore) are in Group A while AVM Rajeswari (Chennai), Neelambal (Salem), KSC Government HSS (Tirupur) and Sri Jayendra Saraswathi (Coimbatore) form Group B.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals. Internationally renowned Kookaburra white ball will be used in the knockout matches.