New Delhi : Junior Devils, Mumbai Patriots, Bangalore Boxers, Kolkata Lancers, Punjab Princes, Chennai Emperors - meet the teams of Junior Premier League! Joy Bhattacharjya, who has been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team, in his novel “Junior Premier League: The First XI”, brings out the inside stories of, what he calls, an exciting junior cricket league.
'After the huge success of the senior league, the national cricket authorities had decided to make a national Under-15 cricket league.
Each senior premier league city would have to hold trials and pick their own junior teams, and the teams would have to be staffed by their own coaches, trainers and analysts,' the author writes in the book, published by Penguin India.
Accordingly, 'in the first year, all the teams would play each other in a round robin format and then the top four teams would make it to the semi-finals.
It was, frankly, the biggest-ever junior sporting event in India. And the proximity to the senior league meant that the juniors would be playing and practicing right next to their heroes.'
The book is co-authored by Vivek Bhattacharjya who is Joy's twelve-year-old son.