A record Dh30,000 will be awarded to the champions when the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council’s (ADCC) Ramadan tournament gets underway this week.
It will be significant increase to last year’s tournament where defending champions Alubond Tigers claimed the Dh20,000 top prize. The runners-up will be rewarded with Dh15,000 for their efforts this time.
In a press conference on Sunday, ADCC announced that 20 teams will vie for glory in the ‘Pan Global Group Ramadan Trophy’ presented by Ace International, with the opening game on Thursday.
The competition has attracted some of the top domestic teams across the UAE, with Alubond Tigers, who defeated Wings XI by 37 runs in last year’s final, looking to retain their title.
Drawn in Group B, Alubond Tigers face Interface Transport, Al Fahim, ADAC and ECB Green. One team who will pose a serious threat are UBL, but the bankers will need to overcome One Stop Tourism, Lifeline Hospital, Colombo Lions and ADAC in Group A.
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In Group C, Al Fara’a take on Adyard, Hexa Oil and Gas, Multiplex and NMC. And completing the tournament line-up are ADCB, Environment Agency, Etihad Airways, Haad and Punjab Lions.
Overall, 47 matches will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with the top two teams from each group moving on and qualifying for the knock-out stages.
Speaking of the tournament, Wajahat Hussain, ADCC president said: “Ramadan cricket tournaments is one of the most important events in the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council calendar.
“This year will see 20 teams compete and in spite of the increasing temperature, we still get many teams competing and that is great because the game is played in the true spirit of sportsmanship.”
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