Gulf Cup to start on Nov 23 in UAE,The leading cricket clubs of the UAE, Bahrain, India and Pakistan will be in action in four different grounds of the emirates

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DUBAI: The renowned cricket club league of Middle East “Gulf Cup” comprising 70 teams will kick off on November 23 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The leading cricket clubs of the UAE, Bahrain, India and Pakistan will be in action in four different grounds of the emirates.

The tournament will be played in Eden Garden, MCC, OVAL Ajman and Bataya, Sharjah and will conclude in December.

The launching ceremony of the Gulf Cup was held in YTCA Acadamy Abu Hail Dubai on Thursday evening.

R. B. Thakur and Vivek Bakshi, owners of the Academy, said: “As the title sponsors, Young Talents Cricket Academy aims to play a pivotal role in promoting the game of cricket in the Middle East.”

The MCC Sports, Ajman has organized the tournament under the auspices Ajman Cricket Council.

Chief organizer and former UAE player Shahzad Altaf said: “The tournament will have matches under different age categories including Under-10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19.

Two cricket clubs from Bahrain HPCA Cricket Academy and NBS U-13, 15, 17 will take part while two cricket teams from Pakistan will also be in action.

Former UAE player Shahzad Altaf informed that Lahore Grammar School and Moin Khan Academy are coming to play the Gulf Club.

The six finals in six different categories will be played in Gulf Club as the trophies for six categories will be awarded to the winners .

There will be a total of 130 matches during the 30 days cricket tournament.

Brother Gas would be co-sponsor of the tournament. Tahir Abbas, General Manager, Brothers Gas, stated that they intended to play a pivotal role in healthy activities in the region.

Over the years, the Gulf Cup not only has produced exciting matches but quality players as well.

Four players who participated in the early editions of the tournament have recently gotten an opportunity to represent their national teams in the ICC Under 19 World Cup, the organizers acknowledged.

Syed Haider Wasi Shah, Ansh Tandon, Fahad Nawaz,Rishabh Mukerjee, who represented the YTCA in the 2019 Gulf Cup, played for UAE U19, World Cup while Rameez Aziz, who played in the 2005 edition for Customs Academy, was a member of the Pakistan U-19 team.

Fahad Nawaz, Rahul Bhatia , Ansh Tandon all of them are playing for the UAE.

Ben Stokes, who participated in the 2005 tournament for Durham CCC, recently played for England in the youth World Cup. Jamie Atkinson, who played for Durham in 2005, represented the Hong Kong U-19 team.

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