“Al Jaber Blazers” Triumphs as Winner of 5th Sprite Cricket Stars Series. “Skybridge Freight Solutions” and “RAK Bullets” crowned the winning teams of the Open Entry Tournament and Corporate Tournament respectively.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 19 December, 2016: Sprite Cricket Stars, the UAE’s ‘grassroots’ cricket tournament, concluded its fifth series on Friday with a day-long sporting and entertainment event at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi with the participation of Sprite Cricket Stars ambassador, Pakistani cricket legend Shoaib Akhtar.
The final match was contested by the “Al Jaber Blazers” and “Eppco”, with the “Al Jaber Blazers” winning the match. They earned the AED 15,000 AED tournament prize, with the runners-up receiving AED 5,000. Al Jaber’s star player Irfan was named ‘Man of the Match’, and walked away with AED 1,000.
Commenting on the grand finale, Tolga Cebe, Marketing Director at Coca-Cola Middle East, said: “We are proud to see Sprite Cricket Stars continuing to make positive contributions to society. This year, the tournament witnessed wider participation from cricket lovers. The level of passion we saw through their performance was above expectations.”
Shah Khalid, captain of “Al Jaber Blazers” said: “Playing together as one team, has made us stronger. We won the Sprite Cricket Stars championship back in 2011, and we’re very proud to win it again after five years of hard work and commitment.” He added: “The prize money will help us train further and buy professional equipment to grow as a team among talented cricketers across the UAE”.
Two new tiers were also introduced to this year’s series, opening the competition up to a wider audience of cricket lovers. “Skybridge Freight Solutions” and “RAK Bullets” won the final matches of the Open Entry Tournament and Corporate Tournament respectively. The winning teams received a AED15,000 prize, with the runners-up earning AED5,000.
Sprite Cricket Stars is the UAE’s official grassroots cricket tournament, endorsed by the Emirates Cricket Board. For the past five years, the program has enabled passionate players to participate in legitimate cricket competitions by providing them with coaches, equipment and facilities.
Sprite Cricket Stars has grown rapidly in popularity and size while keeping true to the inclusive nature of the competition. Eight teams competed in the original tournament in 2011, and this year’s participation exceeded 500 teams playing over 1,000 matches held across the UAE.