Cricket’s popularity gains ground in Philippines


Local Filipino sports fans witnessed yet another high-powered cricket showdown as teams from all over the country and overseas gathered in Clarkfield, Pampanga for the 2013 Philippine International Cricket 6’s Tournament.

Presented by the Philippine Cricket Association (PCA) and Globe Business, this year’s staging of the Cricket Sixes saw teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore and the Philippines slug it out for cricket supremacy in the region.

Batting for cricket domination
Twelve teams battled it out for two days, where the Manila-based Nomad Cricket Club beat challengers Jeckle All Stars with a brilliant performance in the finals. Heckle Cricket Club and Caps & Tabs on the other hand picked up honors as they competed against Globe-Cognizant and Baguio Cricket Club in a gripping plate-and-bowl match.

Waqas Mogul of Nomad Cricket Club was named “Bowler of the Tournament,” Jessa Singh of Angeles Cricket Club was adjudged with the “Batsman Award,” while Heckle Cricket Club’s Raju Singh bagged the tournament’s “Best Catch Award.” Special recogni-tions were also given to players who have raised the level of play in the international scene during the fellowship night. Tariq Ali and Rajiv Kumar were awarded as “Best Bowler” and “Batsman” respectively for their individual performances in the Philippine Team’s Hong Kong tour.

An emotional tribute was also given to Faisal Khan, the first-ever team captain of the Philippine Team, as the PCA has announced his retirement and recognized his immense contribution in the advancement of the sport in the country. In his speech, Khan vowed to continue his efforts for Philippine Cricket outside the field and pledged to develop a full, indigenous Filipino Cricket team in coming years.

Bright future
The country is seen to have progressed in cricket more than its neighbors in the region and the PCA is enthusiastic that there will be more exposure for the national team and the sport. Fortunately, they have forged a strong partnership with Globe Business, which shares the goal of bringing cricket into the collective sporting consciousness in the Philippines and making the international game a local staple. The brand is currently the lead sponsor of the Philippine National Cricket Team and the International Sixes Tournament. Globe Business was also the organizer of the first Enterprise Cricket Sixes Tournament, the first-of-its-kind corporate tournament of this sport in the country, held last year.


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