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PHYSICAL DISABILITY T20 CHAMPIONSHIP HAILED A ROARING SUCCESS BY INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

• Dubai Sports City played host to the Physical Disability T20 Championship, the first of its kind in the UAE

DUBAI, 3rd  NOVEMBER, 2016:Dubai Sport City’s International Cricket Council Academy (ICCA) played host to the Physical Disability T20 Championships, where teams from England, Bangladesh and Pakistan went head to head.

The tournament, which was the first of its kind to be held in the UAE, has been hailed as a roaring success by Head of Physical Disability England Cricket Team, Ian Martin & Hon. Secretary Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association, Amir Uddin Ansar.

Commenting on the event itself Hon. Secretary Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association, Amir Uddin Ansar said: “On behalf of Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Disability Association me, my team and my officials are very, very happy with the organisation of this event, especially with the final match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, it’s really a dream for our cricketers and we are very thankful to the ICC Academy, who made this happen. 

“The facilities at Dubai Sports City are marvellous, especially the pitch which is a help for everyone during this tournament.  All three teams played top quality cricket, our own selection process for the tournament was hard, so we were very competitive and it was great to see the quality of cricket on display here.” 

Head of Physical Disability England Cricket Team, Ian Martin also praised the quality of cricket on show by saying: “Since we were here in 2014 we have taken part in the first World Cup for cricketers with physical disabilities which was staged in Bangladesh in 2015 and we were good enough to win that tournament so we came to this tournament as World Champions and it’s been brilliant to see how much Pakistan and Bangladesh have improved over the last 12 months.”

The final match between England and Pakistan, which was held at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, saw Pakistan win by 3 wickets. Batting first, England scored 137 for the loss of 5 wickets in their 20 overs.  Pakistan chased the score down with 4 balls remaining. Pakistan’s Hasnain Alam also took home title of man of the match.

Martin went on to say: “Clearly we have a little bit of work to do after losing out to Pakistan today but it just shows what standard physical disability cricket is being played at and how it’s been improving year on year.

“I hope that we can come out to Dubai in the near future because I think the facilities that are on offer here at the Dubai Sports City and the ICC Academy are second to none compared to anywhere in the world, so it’s a fantastic place to come and play cricket.” 

To find out more about the ICC Academy and Dubai Sports City please visit: www.dsc.ae or www.iccacademy.net

Match Summary
Date Timing Venue Events Toss Team I – Score Team II – Score Results Man of the Match
20th Oct 2016 10:00-13:00hrs ICCA Oval 2 Ban vs Eng PD t20 match 1 Eng (Field) Ban 132/7wkt in 20ov Eng 133/4wik in 18.5ov Eng fon by 6 wickets Liam Thomas (eng) 63 rns 49 balls
20th Oct 2016 14:00-17:00hrs ICCA Oval 2 Eng vs Pak PD t20 match 2 Eng (Bat) Eng 170/5 wkt in 20 ov Pak 149/8 wkt in 20 ov Eng fon by 21 runs Callum Flynn(Eng) 76runs 52 balls 2 wickets
21st Oct 2016 10:00-13:00hrs ICCA Oval 1 Pak vs Ban PD t20 match 3 Ban(Field) Pak 140/9wk in 20ov Ban 105/10wkt 19.5ov Pak won by 35 runs Nihar Alam (Pak) 22runs 24 balls 4ov/15 runs/2wkt
21st Oct 2016 14:00-17:00hrs ICCA Oval 1 Eng vs Ban PD t20 match 4 Ban(Bat) Ban 126/8wkt in 20ov Eng 127/3wik in 19ov Eng won by 7 Wicket Jordan Williams 19 runs 12 balls – 3 ov 28 runs 3 wkt
22nd Oct 2016 10:00-13:00hrs ICCA Oval 2 Pak vs Ban PD t20 match 5 Ban(Field) Pak 161/5wk in 20ov Ban 134/8wkt 20ov Pak won by 27 runs Hasnain Alam (Pak) 104runs 67 balls NOT OUT
22nd Oct 2016 14:00-17:00hrs ICCA Oval 2 Pak vs Eng PD t20 match 6 Pak (bat) Pak 164/7wkt in 20ov Eng 137/10wkt in 19.1 ov Pak won by 27 runs Jahanzaib Tiwana (pak) 19 runs 17 balls 4ov/27runs/4wkt
24th Oct 2016 13:00-16:00hrs DIS Eng Vs Pak t20 Final match Eng (Bat) Eng 137/5 wkt in 20 ov Pak 138/7 wkt in 19.2 ov Pak won by 3 wickets Hasnain Alam (Pak) 39runs 32 balls

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