June 13, 2007

UAE

Twenty20 tournament to be held in Fujairah

Martin Williamson

The Gulf News reports that a ten-team tournament will be held in Fujairah between June 21 and August 2.

Called the Crown Prince Cup, the event will feature four teams from Fujairah and six from other emirates. Matches will be played under Twenty20 rules.

"More and more UAE nationals are having a growing interest in cricket, so I can promise you that in the future there will be a UAE cricket team with 100% Emirati representation, “Sultan Saif Al Samahi, cChairman of Fannan Sports and Cultural Club, said. “Of course, youth form Fujairah will get their chance in that dream".

"This is a chance to mingle with different communities such as the Indian, Pakistanis, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshis, who have a great passion for the game,” Ahmad Ebrahim Saif, chief coordinator for the tournament, said. "We are sure that, during and after the tournament, there will be more UAE nationals who will find this game very interesting."

Matches will take place at the Municipality Cricket Ground and at the cricket ground of the Fujairah Indian School.

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Posted by shaheer Khan on (August 6, 2007, 8:10 GMT)

good. the UAE people are very faithful of cricket

Posted by barun on (June 22, 2007, 9:39 GMT)

good this type of more encouraging event are required to get more people involved in this game. so that world cup would a 30 team event not just 16 team event with six teams at such below par

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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