A total of 60 cricket teams, comprising more than 900 players will take part in the month-long Ramada Gulf Cup, starting on December & Jan 2018-2019
UAE’s leading Academies, Clubs, Schools, Colleges and corporate teams are scheduled to contest the tournament to be held in four venues Eden Garden, MCC, OVAL Ajman and Durham Bataya in Sharjah.
While announcing the launch of the tournament at the MCC Ajman on Monday evening, Iftikhar Hamdani General Manager, Ramada Suite Ajman, said: “As the title sponsors, Ramada aims to play a pivotal role in driving the game of cricket in this part of the world.”
The tournament, organized by Young Talents Cricket Academy, will be played under the auspices of the Ajman Cricket Council.
Chief organizer and former UAE player Shahzad Altaf and Mahesh Fonseka Director of YTCA said: “The tournament will have matches under several age categories, including Under-10, 11, 13, 15, 17 , 19 Universities and Corporate.
Durham County Cricket Club from UK is participating in the Under-15 Moin Khan Academy in U-15 and U-17.
Besides, a new category for corporate teams was added as an additional feature to the tournament, “The teams will be battling for eight winners’ trophies. There will be a total of 96 matches during the 20 days period,” said Mahesh Fenske, tournament director.
Ramada Suite Ajman is the title sponsors, while MCC and are the co-sponsors.
Over the years, the Gulf Cup not only produced exciting matches but quality players as well. Four players who participated in the early editions of the tournament have recently got an opportunity to represent their national teams in the ICC Under 19 World Cup, the organizers said.
Andri Berenger, who represented the YTCA in the 2003 Gulf Cup, played for Sri Lanka U-19, and UAE 2015, World Cup while Rameez Aziz, who played in the 2005 edition for Customs Academy, was a member of the Pakistan U-19 team.
Rameez Shahzad, Chiragh Suri, Fahad Nawaz, Ahmed Raza. Rahul Bhatia, Ali Mirza, Ansh Tandon all of them playing for 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.