Bengaluru, July 2: The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) will conduct the state T20 tournament from August 15 to August 31.
The T20 tournament will be played across Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli and all the matches will be telecasted live and the details will be announced soon.
Number of teams
The KSCA is planning to have 6 teams based at Bangalore City, Mysore, Shimoga, Hubli / Dharwad, Raichur and Mangalore.
The KSCA has invited expression of interest from corporates for team sponsorship and naming rights of the aforementioned 6 teams.
1. The team bidding process
The interested corporates can buy the EOI form from the KSCA office till July 5 for a fee of Rs 11,800 /- , which is non-refundable.
2. What is Karnataka T20 tournament
The Karnataka has been the one of the states that started its own T20 league in the footsteps of the IPL and named it as Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and ran through a few seasons.
The first edition of the KPL was played in 2009 and the last edition was played in 2018-19. Hubli Tigers are the current title holders.
The now-defunct Bijapur Bulls are the most successful team in the KPL with 2 titles.
3. Winners of KPL
2009: Winner: Bangalore Provident
2010: Winner: Mangalore United
2011-2012-2013: The tournament was not played.
2014: Winner: Mysore Warriors
2015: Winner: Bijapur Bulls
2016: Winner: Bellary Tuskers
2017: Winner: Belagavi Panthers
2018: Winner: Bijapur Bulls
2019: Winner: Hubli Tigers.
4. KPL Controversy
Even though the KPL was conducted with lot of fanfare and attracted lot of audience and interest even from movie world in the form of a team, the tournament in its entirety was not devoid of controversies.
The allegations of match-fixing and player involvement in betting surfaced more than once, forcing the KSCA to come up with some stern actions. Of course, there was a two-year gap courtesy the Covid-19 surge in the country in 2020 and 2021. Now, the KSCA is bracing up for a whole new version from 2022.