JCA Eight-a-Side Indoor Night Cricket Festival begins May 23

Karachi: Jalaluddin Cricket Academy (JCA) is organizing innovative and inaugural Eight-a-Side Indoor Night Cricket Festival here in Korangi from May 23 to 31.

The high-profile event is a part of the ‘Jalaluddin Tribute Year 2015′ celebrations.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh will be extending completed support to this inaugural eight-a-side Indoor Night Cricket Festival,” said Jalaluddin, a former Test fast bowler and the founder of the JCA.

“The Rangers authorities have committed to support us logistically as well as financially to achieve the mutual objective of facilitating healthy activities for the youth of the metropolis in particular,” Jalaluddin added.

He added that Javed Miandad, a former Pakistan captain and one of the living legends of the game, will also be involved in promoting the event, the first of its kind being staged in Pakistan.

“We are introducing a brand new concept of eight-a-side cricket which is very exciting and engaging format. It will provide quality entertainment for the masses who would be encouraged to visit the ground with families,” Jalaluddin said.

The eight participating teams have been divided equally in two groups for the league matches. The Group A comprises of Vital Five Cricket Club Tigers, Dubai Hawks, Front Line Titans and OK Strikers while the Group B contains Eaton Bulls, Bin Qasim Warriors, Soni Thunders and North Shire Fighters.

Two matches will be held every night. All the matches will be 16-overs-a-side contests in which each pair will bat for four overs and every bowler will bowl two overs.

There will be a deduction of five runs with the fall of every wicket. The non-striker’s crease will be halfway down the wicket while two runs will be added for no balls and wides. A specially adapted soft ball will be used in all matches.

Nazim Saleem, Chief Collector Enforcement, Sindh, who presided over the ceremony, described the tournament as another feather in the cap of Jalaluddin.

“It’s quite remarkable that Jalaluddin and his team have continued to do wonders for the promotion of cricket. I assure my wholehearted support to all such endeavours and wish the tournament the very best of luck,” he added.

Nadeem Omar, who has playing a phenomenal role in the development of cricket from the grassroots level, congratulated Jalaluddin for coming up with yet another splendid idea.

“It’s yet another wonderful initiative from Jalaluddin. He deserves the credit for popularizing new format of the game which should indeed a thrilling spectacle for the audience. I wish him success,” he said.

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