Indian Premier League franchisee Rajasthan Royals are all set to launch their first grassroots programme ‘Royal Colts’ with an aim to unearth fresh talent to provide them an opportunity to make a mark for themselves in the cricketing world.
The franchise will be holding trials in Jaipur starting Oct 11 to discover new talent in the age group of 16-19. A Royal Colts team will be built around the selected young faces.
“At the Rajasthan Royals we are passionate about developing talent. Since the start of the IPL we have invested in youth and subsequently launched many players onto the international stage. We are excited to unearth the next group of Indian stars through this Royal Colts programme,” Rajasthan Royals Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha has said in a release.
The target is to attract both local talent in Rajasthan as well as players in the age group of 16- 19 from across the country. Rajasthan Royals’ panel of scouts, headed by Zubin Bharucha, includes Royals coaches Amol Mazumdar and Sairaj Bahutule along with several local selectors who will shortlist aspiring players from a pool of registered candidates. The final Royal Colts team consisting of 16 players will then be announced. The trials will be held at the Neerja Modi School, Jaipur.
“The idea is to find fresh young talent and make a team which would compete under the banner of Royal Colts. The team will play in various reputed tournaments and competitions across the country and abroad,” said Rajeev Khanna – Vice President, Rajasthan Royals.
The selected team will then be trained and get to compete with junior teams in India and from around the world.
The candidates can register themselves via online registrations exclusively on RoyalColtsTrials starting today until Oct 9. Registered candidates will then be informed via sms and email the date, time, location and other details regarding trials.
The first edition of the event will have 2000 registrations from candidates in the age group of 16-19 as on September 1, 1999. Candidates from any part of India can apply for the trials.
Registrations opened on Monday, October 1, and continue until Tuesday, October or when the desired numbers are compete.