Budding cricketers are rubbing their hands in anticipation ahead of the Sharjah Inter-Academy Shield Tournament, organized by the Sharjah Cricket Council, from November 6 to December 4.
Twenty academy teams from all over the UAE will line up for honours at Al Dhaid Cricket Village and the Sharjah stadium to showcase their skills. The tournament, which has already created a bit of buzz among the school children, will see 12 teams vie for the under-13 title while eight teams will battle it out in the under-16 division.
In keeping their long-held tradition, the Sharjah Cricket Council has waived entry fee and all the players will be provided with shirts. They will also receive certificates of appreciation besides other prizes. All matches will be supervised senior umpires.
“The tournament is a part of our council’s Development Plan to provide healthy playing opportunities to young kids who aspire to take up the sport seriously,” said Mazhar Khan of the Sharjah Cricket Council.
“The tournament will also be a great learning curve for the boys and will help us unearth some good talent which can be groomed further,” he added. “If the enthusiasm of the players is an indication, I am sure we are in for some exciting days ahead.”
The under 13 teams have been divided into three groups of 4 teams each and the under 16 teams are divided into grounps of 4 teams in each group and a total of 30 matches will be played in the League stages and 10 more match will be played in the knockout stage by both the groups.
The matches will be played on every Saturday, starting from November 6, before the quarter-final stage. The quarter-finals of under 13 and semifinals of both the age groups will be held on November 27 while the finals are slated for December 4.
Group A: Young Talent, G Force, ECT Sharjah and Max Way
Group B: Sharjah, Desert Cubs, MCC Zayed, ECT and Dubai
Group C: Al Ain Sportplex, UCT, Al Dhaid Village and Sharjah Colts