Fourth Arab News Inter-School Cricket Tournament Kicks Off Today In Riyadh

RIYADH: A mega inter-school cricket tournament sponsored by Arab News and organized by Riyadh Cricket Association (RCA) opens here today.

The opening and succeeding matches in the event dubbed Fourth Arab News Inter-school Tournament will be played at RCA grounds in Sulay District near Exit 18 in Riyadh.

“A meeting of the RCA office bearers and members as well as physical instructors of the participating schools discussed the arrangements made for the tournament,” said RCA adviser Raza Ur Rahman. A total of 13 school teams entered the event, which has generated much enthusiasm and interest among the cricket lovers of the capital city. The teams are divided into two age groups, Under-15 and Under-19.

Rahman thanked Arab News Editor in chief Khaled Almaeena for his personal interest in promoting the game of cricket among the youngsters, and said that Almaeena has been playing a pioneering role so far as cricket in this region is concerned. He requested the instructors to help RCA make this event more successful than the previous ones. He also requested the school teachers “to make sure that the games are played in competitive spirit and friendly atmosphere”.

He said RCA formed a four-member organizing committee for this tourney. These members will coordinate with the physical instructors and make sure the tournament is run smoothly. The members are Hanif Babar, Tarek Butt, Rehan Khan and Asif Baazi. For his part, Mansoor Ahmed, RCA vice-president, welcomed the representatives from the schools and thanked the Arab News management for sponsoring the tournament.

Ahmed said “the RCA was keen to promote the cricketing activities from the grassroots levels”. He said the tournament will have the theme “Compete Hard and Play Fair”. He also explained to the schools in detail the tournament rules and regulation. Abdul Qadeer Mirza, RCA president, in his address thanked the Arab News for sponsoring the event. He assured the schools that RCA will do everything possible to mount a good show.

He thanked the RCA executive committee for working tirelessly for this event and the schools for their interest and commitment. Hanif Baber, grounds manager of RCA, and Javaid Munawar, senior adviser, had prepared the grounds for the event.

Teams:

Under-19

Group A: Pakistan International School (Naseriya), American International School, Middle East International School and Pakistan International School (Sulemania).

Group B: Sri Lankan International School, Manarath International School and Bangladesh International school.

Under-15

Group A: Pakistan International School (Naseriya), Indian International School and Sri Lankan International School

Group B: Delhi Public School, Middle East International School and International Indian Public school.

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