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The thrill of amateur cricket: AB de Villiers’ last man stands launch the ’24-team India Super League’

Mumbai. In a bid to boost amateur cricket and give new talent a chance to excel at the world stage, the AB de Villiers-backed Last Man Stands (LMS) on Tuesday launched the franchise-based India Super League 2023 to be held early next year. . The Last Man Stands (LMS) The first season of the India Super League 2023, which is claimed to be the biggest amateur T20 cricket league in the world, will be held in New Delhi from March 17 to 22, 2023. South African cricket legend and former Royal Challengers Bangalore star AB de Villiers is the global ambassador of LMS.

The franchise-style cricket tournament for amateurs which will be held annually, will provide a unique opportunity to budding cricketers from across India including Tier 2, 3 and 4 cities and rural areas to showcase their talent alongside big Indian players. Organizers LMS gave this information in a press conference here on Tuesday.

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The team owned by each franchise will be allowed to form a team with 11 players. The winning team will represent India at the Last Man Stands World Champs in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2023. Every year the World Champs compete with a large number of global teams to win the title of best LMS team in the world. The matches of the tournament will be streamed live with commentary and are expected to attract new spectators from countries such as India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden and the USA, where the LMS was previously in the league. There has been a presence since.

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Last Man Stands features a new game format with exciting new rules and a global ranking system. Its unique T20 format involves 2 hours of play with eight players per team, allowing visiting players to participate and reap the benefits of playing professional modern cricket.

De Villiers, former Test captain of South Africa, said, ‘It is a wonderful initiative. It gives an opportunity to the amateur players to perform at the world level. So, I feel, if I was not an international player, it would have been a perfect platform for me to come and showcase my skills. It will be streamed globally. He hoped that one day in the future, some amateur players would be seen in big leagues like IPL.

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De Villiers said, ‘Through this tournament, maybe some of them will join the IPL one day, who knows. Some coaches may bring in some of these players. It’s exciting. I want to be in it, I want to see some of these names in IPL in future. The other thing which is good is that small towns mix with big cities, towns I have never heard of are going to participate in this tournament. I want to watch some of these matches live and it is very exciting for me.

Out of the 24-city-based franchises, LMS has sold nine non-tendering franchises so far and the remaining are expected to get owners soon. Official bidding will be done for taking franchises for top cities like Mumbai and Delhi.

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