The South African Embassy in Kuwait, in collaboration with Kuwait Cricket, held the second Nelson Mandela Cricket Tournament for Youth Development on Saturday, 5 December, at the Sulaibiya Cricket Ground in Kuwait. The tournament featured school teams and top young cricketers. The event aimed at celebrating and honouring the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela in accordance with resolutions of the United Nations as well as the further development of cricket among Kuwaiti youth.
Five cricket teams: Future Stars; DPS; Young Stars CC; CCC and Gladiators XI, consisting of 16 year old players and younger, participated in the tournament, with the final match played in the evening, followed by the Award ceremony. The finalists were Future Stars and DPS and the winners were DPS. Many prizes were presented to all the players including the South African Ambassador’s Floating Trophy as well as the Burgan Bank Individual trophies for Man of the Match, Player of the Series, Best Batsman, Best All Rounder ,Best Bowler, Best Wicket Keeper and Best Promising Player as well as Merit Awards for Sportsmanship and Teambuilding.
Prominent local companies and sponsors volunteered their valuable support and assistance to ensure the success of the event. These companies included: Mughal Mahal Restaurant, Pro Sports, Bon Voyage Travels, Al Ahli Bank Kuwait, Burgan Bank, Etihad Airways, Agility, The Times Newspaper and Gulf Bank.
Players who excelled received awards as follows: Best Batsman - Manjot Singh of CCC; Best Bowler - Adnan of CCC; Best Fielder - Hamoud of Future Star; Player of the series - Nomaan Budroo of DPS; Player of the final - Kishore Rao of DPS; Best Allrounder- Haseeb Tufail of Future Star and Most promising player - Srinidhi of Gladiators XI.
Some companies that supported the event sent their brochures with information on their products and services for distribution to participants and spectators. The South African stand/booth was decorated in an attractive manner, displaying banners promoting South African tourism, trade and investment in addition to promotional materials and handicrafts.
The Nelson Mandela Cricket Tournament helped to create awareness on the significance of the values that Nelson Mandela represents and the power of sports in bringing people from different nationalities and background together. The event also helped to showcase South Africa as a sports-oriented nation and was an attractive tourism, trade and investment destination.