Bhojpuri Dabanggs will kickstart their campaign with a match against Bengal Tigers on January 24 © Getty Images (representational image)
Bhojpuri Dabanggs will kickstart their campaign with a match against Bengal Tigers on January 24 Photo Courtesy: Bhojpuri Dabanggs website

The Bhojpuri Dabanggs have been one of the less threatening sides in the history of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). They will look to change that in the CCL 2016. They have been slotted in Group A which will see other teams like Mumbai Heroes, Punjab de Sher and Bengal Tigers. Bhojpuri Dabanggs play their first CCL 2016 game on January 24 against the Bengal Tigers. That match will be held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The Dabanggs will look for a winning start to their campaign. ALSO READ: Chennai Rhinos CCL Team 2016: Schedule, Squad and Player details

Their next fixture will be on January 30 against the new Punjab De Sher outfit at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Their final group stage fixture will be against the Mumbai Heroes on February 6 at Chandigarh’s Sector 16 Stadium. If they come out in the top two in their group, they will make it to the semi-final; victory in which will take them to the grand final. ALSO READ: Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) 2016 Schedule: Match fixtures and ground details

In the previous edition they were in Group A with the likes of Telugu Warriors, Karnataka Bulldozers and Bengal Tigers. It was a largely unsuccessful campaign for them where they managed to win not a single game, lost two and were involved in a tense tie with Bengal Tigers. This time around they will hope for a far better performance. ALSO READ: ICC under-19 World Cup 2016: South Africa, West Indies register wins in warm-up matches

Manoj Tiwari, the actor (as opposed to Manoj Tiwary the cricketer from Bengal), is captain of the side. The team features other famous names like Ravi Kishan, Dinesh Lal Yadav and Uday Tiwari among others.

Date Group Fixtures Venue
23-Jan-16 Group A Mumbai Heroes v Punjab De Sher Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
23-Jan-16 Group A Karnataka Bulldozers v Telugu Warriors Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
24-Jan-16 Group B Chennai Rhinos v Kerala Strikers M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
24-Jan-16 Group B Bengal Tigers v Bhojpuri Dabanggs M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
30-Jan-16 Group A Bengal Tigers v Mumbai Heroes Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
30-Jan-16 Group A Bhojpuri Dabanggs v Punjab De Sher Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
31-Jan-16 Group B Chennai Rhinos v Telugu Warriors Nehru Stadium, Kochi
31-Jan-16 Group B Kerala Strikers v Karnataka Bulldozers Nehru Stadium, Kochi
06-Feb-16 Group A Bhojpuri Dabanggs v Mumbai Heroes Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh
06-Feb-16 Group A Punjab De Sher v Bengal Tigers Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh
07-Feb-16 Group B Chennai Rhinos v Karnataka Bulldozers MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
07-Feb-16 Group B Kerala Strikers v Telugu Warriors MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
13-Feb-16 Semi-Final not known v not known Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
13-Feb-16 Semi-Final not known v not known Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad
14-Feb-16 Final not known v not known Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad

Bhojpuri Dabanggs have never won the title and would look to scale those heights this year.