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The former Sri Lanka batsman, Aravinda De Silva, is the star guest to open next month's junior tournament in Abu Dhabi. Strong teams from England and India have been invited and it will be umpired by officials from England and the UAE.
"We have decided to make the event more competitive by inviting strong teams from England and India," said Shehzad Altaf, the former UAE team player turned coach and chief organiser of the tournament.
The tournament has been divided into three categories. The Under-11, Under-13 and Under-17. "The U-11 and the U-13 will be a 25 overs event the U-17 will play a 30-overs tournament. All the matches will be umpired by professional umpires from UK and UAE," added Altaf.
The tournament gets underway on January 7. More info can be read at Gulf News.
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