Nagpur leg of Mumbai Indians’ grass root cricket initiative ‘MI Junior 2020’ commenced today (February 17) with the competition in Under-14 boys and U-16 boys and girls categories.
MI Junior, which was launched in Mumbai alone last year, has added Nagpur and Pune to its competition in the second year.
The Nagpur leg will see 56 teams compete through 95 matches across the three categories vying for top honours. The finals of the Nagpur leg will be held in the first week of March, winners of which will qualify for the playoffs and subsequent finals scheduled in Mumbai from March 16, 2020.
Mumbai Indians’ Senior Talent Scout, Kiran More along with Nagpur’s Prashant Vaidya, Vice-President, Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) here, inaugurated the Nagpur leg of competition today.
An initiative conceptualised by Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani, the MI Junior tournament seeks to encourage sports as an integral part of the education system and bring in the spirit of sports amongst the younger generation.
Ambani has been the flag bearer of promoting sports as part of the educational curriculum in India. As the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, she spearheaded various grassroots sports initiatives in the field of football, athletics, basketball and cricket across the country, impacting over 21 million children.