Visakhapatnam: After a gap of 25 years, Andhra University gears up to organise the South Zone Inter-University Cricket Tournament from January 3. The top teams will be participating in the All-India Inter-Zonal Cricket Tournament to be held at MD University in Rohtak, during the second week of February. During the tournament, the South Zone team also will be picked to participate in the BCCI organised All-India Vizzy Trophy.
Addressing the media here on Tuesday, vice-chancellor of AU Prof. G. Nageswara Rao said that the earlier tournaments were host by the varsity in 1982 and 1992. The Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, has entrusted the task to AU and the university, in turn, has given the responsibility of organising of the tournament to Raghu Educational Institutions.
In total, 98 universities from South India will be participating in the prestigious tournament, said Mr K. Raghu of Raghu Educational Institutions. The tournament will be played in 10 venues such as Raghu Engineering College, MVGR College, MR College and Sir Vizzy Stadium in Vizianagaram and GITAM University, Railway Stadium, Port Stadium and Steel Plant Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
About 1,900 cricketers, officials, managers and coaches will be present during the 12-day event. About 40 BCCI and ACA umpires will be officiating the matches that will be played in the ODI format in a knockout system. The tournament will be inaugurated at Raghu College by HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Wednesday. Registrar of AU Prof. Uma Maheswara Rao was present.