Cricket fever has gripped the city yet again, this time with the Prof. DB Deodhar Trophy tournament that is to be held from March 25 to 29. Vizag has so far played host to ODIs, Test-Matches, Twenty-20s and also some IPL matches. Now it is all set to host the tournament at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy stadium.
Cricket buffs turned up at the airport and hotels to welcome cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Manoj Tiwary and others. Some even reportedly took selfies with the cricketers. This will be the first time Vizag will be hosting the Prof. DB Deodhar Trophy match. Three teams, consisting of India Blue, India Red and the winner of the Vijaya Hazare Trophy (Tamil Nadu), will be taking part in the tournament,
The match will take place in a 50 overs per side format and the day begins at 9 AM. The Indian selector has put Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel as skippers of Indian Blue and Indian Red with Vijay Shankar leading the Tamil Nadu team. Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will also be playing in the tournament that features players like Shikar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Axar Patel.
Cricket buffs were left disappointed because of the non-inclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. The entry for the tournament will be free and as per schedule, India Blue will play against India Red on March 25, India Red will play against Tamil Nadu on March 26, India Blue will play against Tamil Nadu on March 27, March 28 will be a rest day and March 29 will be the finals.