Team Fujisoft Falcons crowned champions in Y AXIS InSportz Indoor Cricket League

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Team Fujisoft Falcons were crowned B Division champions of the Y AXIS InSportz Indoor Cricket League after beating Team SFS by 22 runs.

Batting first, SFS scored two runs in their allotted 16 overs with Abdul Raheem Masood top-scoring with 15 runs.

With a low score, Team Fujisoft Falcons cruised to victory with Barjinder Singh (4), Sandeep Nazareth (7) and Muhammed Zaidi (9) impressing with the bat.

Hariharan Gurumurthi of Fujisoft Falcons was named player of the tournament, after scoring 57 runs as well as taking nine wicket for -4 runs.

In the C Division final, Khaleej Times defeated Infinity by 25 runs.

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Darren Sammy among the stars ready for T10 League opener in Sharjah

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West Indies star Sammy is one of the big names on show.

A new chapter in cricket will be marked on Thursday evening when the T10 League gets underway in Sharjah and before a ball is even bowled, elite cricketers are eager to play their part in making it a big success.

England limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, World T20-winning skipper Darren Sammy, ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and pacer Mohammad Amir are just some of the biggest names to have signed up for the four-day competition at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

With the 10-over matches lasting just over 90 minutes, the players will be stepping into the unknown of what to expect but Bengal Tigers’ all-rounder Sammy says he has a responsibility to “entertain” the crowd in the stands.

“This format could well create a window and we all have to embrace it,” said the West Indian.

“It’s much shorter and players are going to go hard at the batsman and at the same time the batsmen will be trying to hit the ball out of the park. It’s non-stop adrenaline and it’s important for us to embrace. My job is to entertain and help it go a long way.”

Despite the popularity of the sport worldwide especially the popularity of T20, cricket is yet to be included in the Olympic Games.

But Sammy is convinced the format ticks all the boxes that IOC officials would be looking for.

“If you see Twenty20 matches it brings so much excitement, so then you don’t really know what 10 overs will do,” said Sammy, whose Bengal Tigers’ side open the tournament against Morgan’s Kerala Kings tonight.

“It’s a new venture in the game and I believe it’s one that will take off. It has the potential to be big and I always say that cricket could be played in the Olympics and 10 overs a side matches could well be the window for it to be included in the Olympics.”

For Amir, he’s part of the Maratha Arabians squad that will be coached by Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.  His team open their campaign against Pakthoons in the second game tonight and the 25-year-old believes that with the latest of the four matches starting at 22:00, the conditions could well suit him.

“To be honest, it is the new ball,” he said of what would be his biggest challenge.

“Since it is only a 10-over game, the ball will not get old and will come onto the bat pretty well. However, since the matches are starting late at night, it is possible that the conditions will suit the bowlers, too. So here the challenge is once again for both – batsmen and bowlers.”

When asked on the opportunity of working with one of his idols – Wasim, he replied: “I am very excited and I want to learn as much as possible from him in the four days,” he said.

“He has always been my idol and I have grown up watching him. So I am very happy that I will be learning from him and spend some time in practice with him.”

This year’s competition is made up of six teams and organisers have ambitious plans to hold the event in other countries from next year as well as expanding the number of franchises.

And Morgan, captain of Kerala Kings, whose side includes Kieron Pollard and Liam Plunkett, believes even if it’s increased, it wouldn’t impact the tournament.

“It’s the start of something new and excites everybody particularly the concept of a tournament that will start and finish in four days which is unheard of in cricket,” said the 31-year-old.

“I think if you play in a tournament that has 10 or 12 teams, you can finish it in 10 days and  I think that can be viable. Hopefully the tournament will be a success and go around the world in other countries.”

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Emirates Cricket Board sign agreement with ANIB for their players

Denzil Pinto 14/12/2017
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Al Nabooda Insurance Brokers, (ANIB), and the Emirates Cricket Board, (ECB), have signed an insurance agreement where ANIB will provide Emirates Cricket’s centrally contracted players with medical insurance coverage during their local and international fixtures.

The agreement also sees ANIB named as Official Insurance Supplier.

Zayed Abbas, Emirates Cricket spokesperson, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with ANIB. Together, Emirates Cricket and ANIB have been working diligently to create a unique and comprehensive sports specific medical insurance cover, which includes extensive coverage of possible sport related injuries protecting our players and coaching staff.

“Emirates Cricket has been very selective in which insurance provider we chose to partner with, and we are exceptionally pleased ANIB saw the potential in creating such a unique solution, and stepped up to create an affordable way to ensure our players are fully covered.”

Sukumar Rajagopal, managing director of ANIB, added: “We are extremely happy to have been able to provide a reliable solution for ECB’s requirement. Our global reach, has come in handy, yet again, to tailor and provide the best fit insurance. It also gives us great pleasure to be a supplier to the ECB and their players. We have always been supportive towards the growth of the game in the region. This is another tremendous opportunity for us to continue working towards the development of the game in the UAE and to take care of our players.”

Daniel Jason, Senior VP, Brand & Media, said: “It gives ANIB a great sense of pride, to associate with our country’s international cricketers. As our young and talented team, journeys towards becoming a force to be reckoned with internationally, brand ANIB will quietly delight in their achievements and be ready to support when required.”

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