Stage set for Dubai Super League
SHARJAH: After providing a platform to a number of budding cricketers, the much-anticipated fifth edition of UAE’s premier amateur cricket league — Dubai Super League — makes its return to the emirate from Sept.22.
The seven-month-long league will end on April 20, 2018. A total of 16 teams will battle for the coveted trophy in the 25-over Dubai Super League.
Players in the age group 19-40 will take part in the league, which will be held under the guidance of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Dubai Cricket Council (DCC).
The matches will be held every Friday and Saturday. The Dubai Super League will be held at two venues, namely the ICC Academy ground at Dubai Sports City and The Sevens Stadium.
With an objective to develop a platform for amateur cricketers to showcase their talent, Wombat Cricket Club introduced the tournament in 2013 with four clubs.
Since then there has been no looking back for the organisers as the numbers of teams swelled and successive tournaments became bigger than their predecessors.
At the launch of Season 5, the board of directors of Wombats Cricket Club, Hammad Usmani, Haroon Ghaus, Tauseef Qadri and Omar Hayat expressed resolve and commitment to promote amateur cricket in the UAE and said: “The growth of the Dubai Super League is amazing and we are still sticking to the primary goal of giving a chance to amateur cricketers to exhibit their talent. It’s a testament to the Dubai formula where something that is built with ambition dedicated hard work and stakeholder alignment ends up being successful.”
The league follows the round-robin format with 184 matches taking place during the seven-month-long period en route to the finals.
Since 2015, the Dubai Super League has been supporting legendary former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s charity foundation Hope –Not Out.
The Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) has launched a number of projects in various cities of Pakistan for the poor, including providing treatment for the needy at the Sahibzada Fazal Rehman Charity Hospital in Kohat and building schools in remote areas of Pakistan.
Teams taking part in the tournament are Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates NBD, Sealine Defenders, White Caps, Darjeeling, Renegades, Salman Cool Boys, Dubai Exiles, All Stars, Titans and Dubai Stallions.
TCC have fielded two and Wombat have fielded three teams each. Aqua Properties are the title sponsors of the League which is also powered by EarthLink, Zen Auto Care Centre and propertymanagers.ae. This is the second year Aqua Properties have come on board to sponsor Dubai Super League.
Muhammad Shahid Yousaf, Director Aqua Properties, said: “Dubai Super League is an ideal platform to support grass root cricket in the UAE.”