School cricket from Feb 7
The Standard Chartered Schools cricket will start tomorrow with 464 schools from 64 districts competing for glory.
Dhaka Division boasts of having the highest number of participating teams with 156 schools out of which 52 are from Dhaka Metropolis.
The 64 district champions will contest in the divisional round, which will start from the first week of April. The district leg will be played on league basis while the divisional round will be a knockout competition.
Eight teams -- the six divisional champions and the top two from Dhaka Metro -- will then take part in the schools national round, also to be played on a knockout basis.
In total, 846 matches will be played at 72 venues across the country to decide the national schools champion. All the matches in the schools competition will be 50-overs a-side, organisers disclosed at a press conference at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) headquarters in Mirpur yesterday.
Earlier, Shah Masud Imam, regional head of corporate affairs, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, and Acting CEO of BCB Nizam Uddin Chowdhury signed a three-year agreement for "Standard Chartered Young Tigers U-16 National Cricket Tournament" at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Under this new agreement, the sponsors have renewed their deals for the schools cricket and have also agreed to finance the U-16 age group programme.
Aziz Al Kaiser, BCB's chairman marketing and commercial committee and BCB's chairman for media and communications Mohammad Jalal Yunus were also present on the occasion.
Standard Chartered Bank will also sponsor the U-16 age group programme from this year, which includes a divisional round competed by 64 districts and a national round to be played by 10 divisional teams. The divisional rounds will be played on league basis while the national round will be a league and knockout fight.
The 10 divisional teams for the national round are Dhaka Division North, Dhaka Division South, Rajshahi Division North, Rajshahi Division South, Chittagong Division, Khulna Division, Barisal Division, Sylhet Division, Dhaka Metro Green and Dhaka Metro Blue.
The divisional round matches will be of 50 overs while the national round matches will be of two days. An aggregate of 128 matches will be played on 21 venues of the country for the U-16 age group program.