When: 29 November, 2014
Where: Sulaibiya Cricket Ground
The South African Embassy announced in a media statement that all arrangements are in place to host the first Nelson Mandela Cricket Cup for Youth Development in collaboration with Kuwait Cricket, the official governing body of Cricket in the State of Kuwait. This one day cricket carnival will feature dedicated local cricket teams and top young cricketers and is scheduled to take place on 29 November 2014 at the Sulaibiya Cricket ground.
According to His Excellency Delarey Van Tonder, South Africa’s Ambassador to Kuwait, the Nelson Mandela Cup is aimed at honoring the positive international legacy of Nelson Mandela in accordance with resolutions of the United Nations and in support of South Africa’s international program in celebrating the country’s first twenty years of Freedom and Democracy.
Ambassador Van Tonder remarked “South Africa has a Good Story to tell. Throughout South Africa’s history sport has played an important role. The international sport sanctions to isolate the apartheid regime and the vision by Nelson Mandela of using sport to bring about social cohesion and national reconciliation in South Africa’s democratic transition remain important milestones in the country’s history”.
“By hosting the Nelson Mandela Cup aimed at the further development of this great game among Kuwait’s youth we also wish to pay tribute to His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait for his high recognition by the United Nations as a Global Humanitarian Leader and in particular the constructive efforts by the Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah in actively promoting the linkages between sport and youth development in Kuwait”.
Cricket is one of the fastest developing sports in Kuwait and Kuwait’s participation at the Asian Games is an historic event, given the fact that Kuwait is the first Arab nation to achieve this milestone.
Kuwait Cricket, founded in 1996 is an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and a full member of the Asian Cricket Council and also affiliated to the Kuwait Olympic Committee. In 1946 the first cricket game was played in Kuwait in Magwa between the Kuwait Oil Company employees and players from foreign contracting companies.
Prominent local companies and sponsors who volunteered their valuable support and assistance to ensure the success of the Mandela Cup include Golden International Logistics Group, Pro-Sports, Bon Voyage Travel and Tourism, Burgan Bank, Sultan Centre, IDS, Etihad Airways, Agility, Rotana Hotel, Kavaal Security Systems Company and The Times Kuwait.
Murali Kutticode, coordinator of the event and Director for Cricket Development at Kuwait Cricket, confirmed that the Sulaibiya Cricket Ground is in excellent condition and invited Kuwait residents to attend this historic and entertaining event.
In terms of the format of the Mandela Cup the coordinator indicated that the competing teams (9 players a side) will play seven-over matches per side. Players will be 16 years and younger. Winning teams will advance to the next round while losing teams will also continue to play a shorter version of the limited over format. Many prizes will be presented to all players including the South African Ambassadors Floating Trophy as well as the Burgan Bank Man of the Match Awards, Player of the Series, Best Batsman, Fielder and Bowler and Wicket Keeper as well as Merit Awards for Sportsmanship and Teambuilding.
The first match is scheduled to start at 07h30 with the final match to take place at 16h00 followed by the Award Ceremony. The following teams will participate:
1. Future Stars
2. FAIPS Titans
3. Bhavan’s cricket
4. Kuwait Pakistan XI
5. Cricket Coaching Club (CCC)
6. All Rounders XI
7. WKC- Young Masters (Comprising all women cricketers)
9. FAIPS Warriors
10. Bosco Blasters
11. The English School