Defending champions Wings XI have been drawn with Seven Seas Strikers, MMS Rental, Al Fahim and Life Line Hospital in Group C of the Ramadan T20 Pan Global Trophy.
The tournament – which begins on Wednesday, June 25 – saw UBL, Brooks CC, NMC, Corniche Beach Club and Yogi Group drawn in Group A, while Al Fara’a, Al Jabeen Heroes, Alubond Tigers and Daman Insurance and ADNOC will clash in Group B.
And in the final group, ADCB, Danube Lions, Haad, Interface Transworld and Phoenix Medicine will battle for a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.
Sponsored by Onashi Trading and Pan Global, two matches a day will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The tournament, sanctioned by the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council (ADCC), will be played under flood lights at 19:30 and 23:30 and to ensure the competitiveness of the tournament, overseas players will be allowed, while each squad will comprise of 18 players.
Group matches will be played on a league basis, with the top two teams making the knock-out stages.
The winners will receive Dh20,000, while the runners-up will bag Dh12,000. Other prizes include best player, bowler and batsman of the tournament.
Wajahat Husain, president of the ADCC, highlighted the tournament as the most important on the UAE’s cricket calendar.
Speaking at a press conference, he said: “This tournament attracts all of the UAE’s top domestic teams and provides an opportunity to all cricket lovers to watch some high quality matches after breaking their fast. Over the years it has developed into a premier tournament and is followed by all people in the country.
“We want to attract the youth to show that cricket is a fun sport and hopefully by what they see at the stadium we can draw their interest in playing the game.”
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