<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar smaash" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130925192134.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar smaash" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The unique simulator-based competition is planned to help the participating school teams to prepare ahead of the forthcoming MI-MSSA’s inter-school Giles Shield and Harris Shield tournaments. Photo Courtesy Smaaash.</p> </div> <strong>Sep 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Batting maestro <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> is set to present the award to a unique simulator based inter-school cricket tournament — powered by Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA).<br /> <br /> Smaaash, an interactive gaming arena, in association with <a href="/tags/Mumbai-Indians/post" target="_blank">Mumbai Indians</a> (MI), is playing host to the cricket tournament.<br /> <br /> Students in large numbers were seen enjoying the experience of this first-of-its-kind cricket competition, and sharpening their cricketing skills as they vie for the trophy, to be presented by Tendulkar. Over 45 schools across Mumbai are participating in the competition.<br /> <br /> In the Under-14 category, Al Barkaat School is leading with 152 runs followed by St. Anne's High School with 128 runs. In Under-16 category, IES VN Sule lead the way with 128 runs with Dhrirubhai Ambani School in close contention on 125 runs. Top 16 schools from both categories advance to the knock-out round, which will start from October.<br /> <br /> The cricket competition is aimed at providing an opportunity to the school teams to test their batting skills while facing international bowlers through virtual [computerized] screen. The competition is planned to help the participating school teams to prepare ahead of the forthcoming MI-MSSA’s inter-school Giles Shield and <a href="/tags/Harris-Shield/post" target="_blank">Harris Shield</a> tournaments.<br /> <br /> Fr. Jude Rodrigues, President of MSSA, said, "Our association with Mumbai Indians and now being extended with Smaaash will go a long way in helping our students in testing their skills in this fun-filled and cozy environment, though competition, like any other sporting activity, will be pretty stiff."