Emirates is to continue its support of the
Arabian Cricket Challenge (ARCH) as the organisers embrace the
thrilling Twenty20 format which has captivated cricket fans around
And, in addition to the stars of the English
County game which will be featuring for a third time, spectators
will get to see some of the best emerging talent from the Indian
Premier League. Kings XI Punjab - the IPL team which Emirates is
the title sponsor of - will be sending the squad members earmarked
to follow in the footsteps of star players like Yuvraj Singh,
Brett Lee, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra.
signal the change in format after two years as a 50-over
tournament, the event has been renamed the Emirates Airline
Twenty20 and will also have a new home – 7he Sevens, Emirates’
dedicated sporting facility, which will unveil cricket pitches
and a pavilion in the New Year.
The young stars of Kings
XI Punjab face a stern test, with England’s Twenty20 Cup holders
and NatWest Pro40 champions Sussex CCC – who feature England
players Luke Wright, Ed Joyce and James Kirtley – heading up the
four-team event on 19th and 20th March.
stars Mark Ramprakash and Steven Davies are also expected be
taking part, playing for Surrey CCC, while the line-up is
completed with a Fly Emirates XI made up of talented employees who
juggle cricket with busy work schedules at the Emirates Group.
The two days of cricket - scheduled to be
broadcast worldwide - will be supported by a number of other
activities as part of a cricket carnival, which the organisers
hope will help the event become an integral part of the sporting
and social calendar of Dubai.
Tournament director and ARCH
founder Matthew Jackson said, “With an IPL side involved, we are
excited that in 2010 we now have truly international competition.
We hope the Emirates Airline Twenty20 will grow quickly to become
a similar event in size and style to the highly successful
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.”
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