The resumption of the T20 competition has been announced by the Karnataka Cricket Association. The Maharaja T20 Trophy will now be the new name of the T20 league. The league will take the place of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), which was suspended in 2019 after eight seasons. Six teams, Shivamogga Strikers, Hubli Tigers, Mysore Warriors, Gulbarga Mystics, Mangalore United, and Kalyani Bangalore Blasterswill participate in the redesigned competition.
About Maharaja T20 Trophy
The SrikantadattaNarasimharajaWadiyar Ground in Mysore will host the first 18 games of the league. After that, the teams will move to Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium for the next 16 games, which include the playoffs. Players are categorized under four categories A, B, C, and D and placed in their appropriate teams. IPL players from India with salaries of INR 5 lakhs are under category A. State players who have competed in just one of the senior competitions (Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, or Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy) are under Category B and will receive a purse of INR 2 lakhs.
Players who have competed in the U-19 and U-23 age group competitions will fall under Category C, which will get a payout of INR 1 lakh. Emerging talent is included in Category D and receives remuneration of INR 50,000. The Player Draft included a total of 740 participants, including 14 players in Category A, 32 players in Category B, 111 players in Category C, and 583 players in Category D. Here are the list of top 5 batsmen you can look out for in Maharaja T20:
Agarwal will captain the Kalyani Bengaluru Blasters, who in IPL 2022 captained the Punjab Kings. He was included in India's Test team in December 2018 for the test series against Australia, and was included in India's team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in July 2019. Mayank Agarwal has let his bat do the talking since joining the PBKS team and has been a major contributor with the bat for the team. Mayank, who has had success with the Indian Test squad, can hit the ball hard and far. He will be in charge of assisting KBS in achieving high totals.
Padikkal was selected for the Gulbarga Mystics team along with Manish Pandey, his India and Karnataka team colleague. Prior to being signed by the Rajasthan Royals for the 2022 season, Padikkal made his mark on the Indian Premier League (IPL). And also on the national stage with impressive performances for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Padikkal played in two T20 matches during India's trip to Sri Lanka last year in 2021. He has continued his form, and he is expected to shine brighter in the upcoming Maharaja T20.
Pandey, who has previously led Karnataka in domestic cricket, will now be in charge of the Gulbarga Mystics. Manish Pandey was the first Indian batsman to get a century in the IPL. The Karnataka batsman hasn't had many opportunities to play at the international level, but for the past four to five years, he has been featuring in the limited-overs side. Manish Pandey joined the Mumbai Indians team right away after his team won the U-19 World Cup in 2008. Pandey made his debut abroad in Zimbabwe in July 2015. In IPL 2022, he played for the Lucknow Super Giants. If he plays well and establishes his form, he can join team India.
Karun eventually joined the India A team after being recruited by Rajasthan Royals, which led to the IPL deal. He played in a few One-Day Internationals during India's limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe in 2016, which marked his debut in the international arena. He might not wear Karnataka colours much longer if he fails to perform well. He still retains his experience and strong batting technique, which is a plus. But, he has to execute it well in the Maharaja T20.
A significant day in Abhimanu Manohar Sadarangani's career was November 16, 2021. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, the right-handed batsman, playing for Karnataka for the first time, crushed a 49-ball 70 against Saurashtra. Manohar contributed 162 runs in four innings at a 150 strike rate, leaving his mark on the competition. Gujarat Titans paid Rs 2.6 crore, or 13 times his basic price, to acquire the right-handed batter. Manohar, a junior player who consistently excelled, was unable to join Karnataka's Ranji team, which includes players like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, and Manish Pandey. Maharaja T20 can be the best opportunity for him to get placed in Karnataka and later in team India.
Maharaja T20 is the best opportunity for players to showcase their talent and grow bigger in the world of cricket. As Karnataka is considered one of the powerhouse of cricket talent in India, one can expect to find many future Indian players here.