June 5, 2008

Inzamam joins stellar Hong Kong line-up

Batting maestro Inzamam-ul-Haq has become the latest world class talent to sign up for this year's Hong Kong Cricket Sixes.

The former Pakistan captain - who hammered 25 test centuries in a brilliant 15-year career - has confirmed he will take part in the annual showpiece at Kowloon Cricket Club on November 8-9.

Inzamam, 38, will appear alongside Australian great Damien Martyn and ex-New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming in what is shaping up as a powerful All-Stars team.

The All-Stars will be a major attraction at the tournament, which is fully sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.

"I'm delighted to be taking part in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes and I'm looking forward to what promises to be a great weekend," said Inzamam.

"As far as cricketers are concerned, the Hong Kong event is without doubt the premier sixes tournament in world cricket and the one we all want to be involved in.

"It will be an honour to team up with Damien and Stephen, two fantastic players who were always testing opponents during my years with the Pakistan team."

One of the giants of world cricket, Inzamam played 120 tests for Pakistan between 1992 and 2007, including 31 as captain.

One of the highlights of his career came in 2002 when he scored a masterful 329 against New Zealand in Lahore.

He is also third on the all-time list of highest run scorers in one day internationals, having amassed 11,739 runs from 350 innings.

"It is another great achievement for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes to have a player of Inzamam's stature and talent taking part," said tournament director Mark Burns.

"His mixture of raw power and delicate touch make him ideally suited to the sixes format and we are sure he will be a huge hit with the Hong Kong fans.

"We now have a trio of true greats signed up for the All-Stars. It is amazing to think that these three players have 298 tests and 927 one day international appearances between them.

"We are working towards completing the All-Stars line-up and we expect to make further announcements in the coming weeks.

"Preparations for the Sixes are going extremely well and we are all looking forward to what promises to be another memorable tournament."

The All-Stars will join nine representative international teams in the tournament - Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh and hosts Hong Kong.

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First held in 1992, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the sport's longest-running, best-established and most high-profile sixes tournament.

Players who have taken part in the event over the past 16 years include Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards, Andrew Flintoff, Adam Gilchrist and Wasim Akram.

Profits from the tournament are ploughed directly back into cricket development in Hong Kong through the Hong Kong Cricket Association.


About the Hong Kong Cricket Association

The Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) is responsible for professionally administering cricket at all levels in Hong Kong. It aims to promote, expand and develop the sport, improve standards in all areas of the game and increase the number of participants from all sectors of the local community. It organises competitions throughout the year for all age groups, from primary school children to senior players. The HKCA's wholly owned subsidiary, China Cricket International Limited, is responsible for the organisation and management of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes.

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