Indian Baseball Premier League (IBPL)
Assam to host baseball tournament
Guwahati, Jan. 13: Assam will host the first edition of the Indian Baseball Premier League in December this year, the Assam Baseball Association (ABA) announced here today.
“The league will feature 32 matches over 25 days while eight teams, including one from Guwahati, will participate in it,” ABA general secretary Ashma Begum told reporters here this afternoon.
The participating cities in the league, organised by the Amateur Baseball Federation of India (ABFI) in association with the Indian Baseball Association and ABA, are Guwahati, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Goa, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.
The Indian Baseball President’s Cup will also be held in Assam in March to raise awareness about the game. “In the interim, we will make people aware about the game,” said secretary-general of ABFI Sudhir Kumar Mahendroo.
As of now, Assam has only two venues – one on the premises of Royal Global School in Guwahati and the other at Oil India’s playground in Duliajan – suitable for playing baseball.
“We have asked the government to allot land for baseball and the commissioner of sports has agreed to look into it. Once we are allotted land, we will set up the requisite infrastructure on our own,” said Mahendroo.