Procam International, in association with Glaxo Smithkline, is organising the Under-17 Inter-Schools Tournament for the Boost Cricket Cup, from 15th to 27th October, at various grounds in the city. 34 teams will take part in this tournament, divided into 2 groups of 4 pools each, as below:
Pool A - Mahboob College, Wesley Junior College (Blue), Chirec Public School, Bhavan's Aurobindo Junior College (A), Hyderabad Public School (Ramanthapur)
Pool B - St Mary's Junior College (Secunderabad), Goutham Model School, St John Church Junior College, IVY League Academy
Pool C - Bhegas High School, St Peter's High School, St Mary's Junior College (A) Himayathnagar, Sujatha Public School (Moinabad)
Pool D - Boys' Town High School, Little Flower Junior College (B), Secunderabad Public School, St George Grammar School (Abids)
Pool A - Little Flower Junior College (A), Jubilee Hills Public School, Bhavan's Aurobindo Junior College (B), Don Bosco High School
Pool B - Hyderabad Public School (Begumpet), St Mary's Junior College (Yousufguda), Meridian High School, St Faiz Memorial School, Samaritans High School
Pool C - CAL Public School, Good Faith High School, Oakridge International, Wesley Junior College (C)
Pool D - St Mary's Himayathnagar (B), Sultan-ul Uloom College, Loyola Academy Junior College, Abhyasa Public School
The matches in Group A will be played at the IDPL, IICT, Nizam, HPS (Ramanthapur), Boys' Town HS, Bhavan's and Loyola grounds, while the matches in Group B will be played at the Jubilee Hills PS, IDPL, Loyola, Nizam, Bhavan's, HPS (Begumpet), St. Andrews, IICT and CAL PS grounds.
The 34 teams play among their groups, on a league basis. Two teams from each pool make it to the last 16, who will then compete on a knockout basis. The winning team will represent Hyderabad in the 8-team Inter-City Challenge.
The Boost Cup is being held in eight cities of the country, and the winning team from each city will play it out at the Inter-City Challenge to be held at Mumbai during next month. The tournament kicked off with the Bangalore leg and was followed by those of the Chennai and Tamil Nadu districts, Punjab, Delhi and Baroda, and has now moved to Hyderabad. The last leg will be in Mumbai.
In addition to the trophies, the winning team at the Inter-City Challenge will get a cash prize of Rs. 18,000 and the runner-up team will be richer by Rs. 12,000. Following the Inter-City Challenge, 20 players will be picked up for a 7-day coaching camp that will be conducted by former cricketers. Out of these 20, 5 of the best trainees will be declared 'Ratnas' and awarded scholarships.