Organisers of Zurich Cricket 6s hope 2019 Cricket World Cup will drum up interest for 2020

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With the Cricket World Cup reaching its climax, organisers of the Zurich Cricket 6s Tournament are hoping love for the gentleman’s game will rub off on UAE businesses and encourage them to participate in its second annual event, taking place on February 7, 2020, at the Sevens Stadium, Dubai.

After being bowled over with the success of the inaugural event this year, the next action-packed tournament will see the number of corporate team spots increase from 16 to 24.

Combining team building, fitness and healthy competition, the event encourages fast games and inclusivity in the popular sixes format.

Victoria Hepworth, managing partner at Corporate Affair Event Management (CAEM) and organiser of the event, says: “We’ve been thrilled with the success of the Cricket 6s which proves love for the game is definitely alive and well in the UAE.

“We hope by increasing team capacity this year, more businesses in the region will register to take part and, importantly, recognise the positive impact sporting events such as this can have on employee morale, fitness levels and their general mental health and wellbeing.”

Headline sponsor, Zurich Middle East, is passionate about promoting the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle to be #readyforlife. Walter Jopp, CEO at Zurich Middle East, added: “It’s a real privilege to support this event, which we are confident will quickly become a key part of the corporate sporting calendar for the UAE.

“We also want it to become a community gathering, with colleagues, friends and family all welcome to support and enjoy the occasion.

“The tournament is a great way to encourage people to get fit and active, and by ensuring it’s open to everyone, regardless of age or ability, we will hopefully inspire a new wave of cricket enthusiasts.”

Wickets, daisy cutters and LBW’s aside, the event will also provide lots of family entertainment and a variety of f&b to ensure a fun and relaxing day can be enjoyed by all.

For more information on next year’s tournament and to register a team, email [email protected] or call 050 4778751.

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Former West Indies captain Brian Lara hospitalised in Mumbai

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Lara pointed to his own runs of poor form in his career.

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has been hospitalised in Mumbai with chest pains.

Lara, who holds the records for the highest individual innings in Tests and first-class cricket, is in India as he conducts media duties for the ongoing World Cup.

Reports coming out of the country say the 50-year-old was admitted to Global Hospital in Parel with a minor heart scare.

Cricket West Indies said in a brief statement on Twitter: “Our prayers and well wishes go out to former West Indies batsman and captain @BrianLara who has been hospitalized in Mumbai due to chest pains.

“On behalf of all of us at Cricket West Indies, we wish you a speedy recovery”

Lara amassed 11,953 runs in 131 Tests, which was a world record until he was overtaken by India batsman Sachin Tendulkar in October 2008, and a further 10,405 in 299 one-day internationals.

It was not just the Trinidadian’s highly impressive figures during an international career that started in November 1990 and ended in April 2007 that place him among the greatest batsmen the game has ever seen.

The former left-hander’s flair and skill at the crease, sometimes in the most pressurised of environments, earned him a legion of followers and brought him 34 Test hundreds and 19 in ODIs.

He twice set new benchmarks for the highest score in Tests, registering 375 against England in Antigua in 1994 while his 400 not against the same opponents and ground 10 years later has not been bettered.

Lara also left his mark on the county circuit with an unbeaten 501 for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, the only quintuple hundred to be made in first-class history.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis wants side to make amends

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Faf du Plessis

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has challenged his side to make amends for the painful start to their World Cup campaign as they aim to bounce back against Bangladesh on Sunday.

The Proteas suffered a 104-run thrashing against hosts England in the tournament’s opening match on Thursday.

South Africa restricted England to manageable 311 for 8 on a tricky pitch at the Oval but, tormented by Jofra Archer’s pace and bounce, their run chase never got going.

Dismissed for 207 by England, South Africa’s bid to win the World Cup for the first time is off to the worst possible start.

But they have a chance to get back on track when they return to the Oval to face Bangladesh and Du Plessis says now is not the time to panic.

The lengthy nature of the 10-team group stage, in which each country plays nine matches and the top four make the semi-finals, gives South Africa time to recover, a point Du Plessis was keen to emphasise to his players.

“This is where it’s important for us to make sure that you look at the World Cup for what it is. You know, you’re going to play games. You’re going to come up against quality opposition,” Du Plessis said.

“England were better than us in all three facets of the game. They showed why they are such a good cricket team, and now we have to look at the league. It’s a league competition.

“For me, it’s about making sure we look at the areas that we got it wrong and just move on.”

South Africa’s disciplined bowling against England gives Du Plessis reason to believe they still have plenty to offer.

‘Beautiful action’

Lungi Ngidi was their leading wicket-taker with three in his 10 overs, including the prize scalp of the destructive Jos Buttler.

Fellow pace bowler Kagiso Rabada also offered a glimpse of his talent with two wickets and Du Plessis expects them to put Bangladesh under pressure.

“Lungi, he’s got a beautiful action. The way he came back (from a slow start) was beautiful. You know, to get Jos Buttler out, he’s probably one of the best strikers in the world,” he said.

Lungi Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi

“So to get him out with good thinking, good tactics. Lungi, Kagi, those guys are going to play a role when it comes to close games at the death as the tournament moves on.”

Bangladesh will be playing their first match of the World Cup as they look to better their run to the quarter-finals in the 2015 edition.

Mashrafe Mortaza hopes to be fit to captain the team despite suffering a hamstring strain while bowling during their warm-up match against India on Tuesday

“A lot of times in such cases I face trouble bowling the first one or two overs. Once I get through that, I don’t face any more problems,” he told Dhaka-based bdnews24.

“But I pulled a hamstring during the sixth over,” he added. “I could have stopped after four or five overs but Rohit (Sharma) and (Virat) Kohli were looking to score runs quickly during that period. I felt that I needed to practise bowling in such a situation.”

Tamim Iqbal did not play against India due to a thigh strain, but the opener is expected to be fit to face South Africa.

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