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Like everybody else, Indian captain Rahul Dravid went through the grind, the junior age group level, domestic cricket before finally donning the India shirt. Based on his performances on the world stage, the man, they call the 'Wall,' was signed on by English County Kent. That stint helped him in his game, as he rubbed shoulders and competed against other overseas professionals.

Delhi's Amiteshwar Singh and Piyush Negi, Mumbai's Dinesh Salunkhe, Kadir Patel, Karan Joshi and Rahil Sheikh, Lucknow's Mohammad Abbas, Praveeth Kumar from Hyderabad, Chandigarh's Samandeep Singh and Sukhvir Singh and Chennai's S Prabhu, wouldn't have to go through.

The 'chosen one' from this lot will be handed a contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, one of the oldest teams on the English County circuit. The lucky one would get to train and coach and parade his wares with the three-time champions.

Welcome to the first of its kind__a cricket reality show__the Cricket Star! Mooted by investors In Cricket (IIC), an innovative company, which specializes in the creation and management of sports rights, that have relevance to the Asian Sub- Continent, Cricket Star, an interactive cricket talent hunt was born. Like most reality shows, this show too follows the format of elimination, based on votes polled in. Says Mr.Dalip Pande, Head-Communications, IIC, "The objective behind the show was to create a platform that provides an opportunity for untapped talent to be showcased on National Television This is not a show about rich kids who can afford to spend daddy's big bucks in enrolling at big cricket clubs. It is about scouting for real talent that lay unseen unheard in the interiors of India, the India which we rarely bother about, a case in point being Munaf Patel, who rose to superstardom from a tiny village called Ithar."

The show, which made its debut in India, will soon be implemented in the UK, followed by the next series in India and move to Pakistan.

Armed with eminent cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sanjay Manjerakar as the Selectors and Robin Singh as the Director of Academy and conceptualized by former Middlesex player Simon Hughes, the show got rolling in December 2006 with 25,000 entrants from different parts of the country. Twenty three made it to the Cricket Star Academy, which through the process of voting out by their team mates have been pruned down to eleven. These eleven played matches against the Reebok XI,Invitation Under 19 XI, Leicestershire County Cricket Club who made the trip especially to play against the Cricket Star XI Air India XI at the MIG Club. The players were put in the bottom four by the Selectors based on their performance in the matches. The show is being aired on - Doordarshan National and Zee Sports and Zee TV.

Having gone through the ups and downs, these 11 players face the moment of truth, come Sunday when the voting closes at 12 midnight and their destiny is sealed. For, next Tuesday, it would be known who would make the long trip to the UK.

So, hurry up. What are you waiting for? Vote for your favourite by SMS by typing CSTAR [Name of player] to 7575 or 6365, for GSM users. You can also dial 190 2424 2727 [code of player, for example 01, 02] from your BSNL, MTNL fixed landline phone.

About IIC:

Investor in Cricket is an innovative company which specializes in the creation and management of sports rights that have relevance to the Asian sub-continent. IIC was formed by a group of businessmen and entrepreneurs who were convinced that their commercial acumen, can-do attitude and passion for the game could have a positive impact on cricket. Over the past 24 months that conviction has been borne out and IIC has grown rapidly. Its properties now include Cricket Star (the cricket reality TV show), The International 2020 Club Championship (the "Champions League of 2020 Cricket"), and the commercial rights of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Dalip Pande, IIC, +91 98203 08787 dalip.pande@agilisys.co.uk

Vidhya Shankar, IPAN, +91 99200 96654 vidhya.shankar@ipan.com

Source: Agilisys (Business Wire India)

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