Hong Kong’s business community has shown its enthusiasm for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes by snapping up all the corporate boxes that went on sale three
months ago. Tournament organisers are
now looking to offer a small number of additional boxes to help cope with demand.
“The response from Hong Kong companies has been fantastic,”
said tournament director Mark Burns. “Sales of corporate boxes and various sponsorship and official partner packages have gone extremely well and we have new stakeholders
coming on board all the time.”
The Sixes will be held at the Kowloon Cricket Club from November
8-9, and is being organised and promoted by the Hong Kong Cricket Association’s commercial arm, China Cricket International Limited.
West Indies great Shivnarine Chanderpaul and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming have already been confirmed for the All-Stars team
that will headline the tournament.
Chanderpaul, 34, was recently named Wisden Cricketer of the Year and is currently the highest ranked batsman in the world.
The Guyana-born ace has played 112 tests, scoring 19 hundreds and 49 fifties.
Fleming, 35, retired from international cricket earlier this year after a stellar 14-year career in which he played 111 tests.
Another world class performer at the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes will be umpire Aleem Dar.
The Pakistani official is a member of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel and was recently named Asian Umpire of the Year.
In addition, the biggest TV deal in Hong Kong Cricket Sixes history means an estimated 100 million fans around the world will be able to watch
the tournament. The showpiece will be broadcast live by Dubai-based Taj TV on its Ten Sports outlet,
one of the world’s leading producers of cricket. Ten Sports will broadcast the event on its own channels in the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East, North America, continental Europe, Hong
Kong and Indonesia. The company is also securing commitments from broadcasters to show the event in all other major cricketing markets, including the UK and
“With the tremendous support of Hong Kong’s business community, some of world cricket’s biggest names and a landmark television deal, we
are on course to stage another hugely successful Sixes,”Burns added.
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