[HD video below] There is less than 60 days to go until the Karp
Group Hong Kong Sixes 2011 weekend, which will be held at the
Kowloon Cricket Club from Friday, 28 October to Sunday, 30 October
Among the tournament innovations this year is the first ever
international T20 cricket match in Hong Kong. The T20 match will feature the
and Team China playing a combined side drawn from the remaining 11
teams in the tournament.
showcase match will be played under a modified format with nine
players per side, each playing innings of twenty overs of six
balls per over. The match will be played on the opening day of the
tournament, Friday, 28 October starting at 1500.
This year, the
Karp Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is being supported by the Mega
Events Fund for the first time and has been granted
official M Mark status for the fourth consecutive year. The
support has enabled the Hong Kong Cricket Association to expand the tournament from
8 to 12 teams and to extend tournament play across the three full
Mr Ramesh Maldar, Managing Director of Karp
Group said, “Karp Group is a
proud sponsor of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes and a firm supporter
of cricket in Hong Kong. The Karp Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is
one of our premier sponsorships and holds great appeal for our
corporate clients and staff. We are delighted to see the Mega
Events fund join us in our support for the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
and are excited to see the tournament growing from strength to
strength in 2011.”
The 12 teams for the Hong Kong Sixes 2011 will be pooled into three groups of
four teams each.
The All Stars are the tournament top seeds in
Pool A alongside Sri Lanka, New Zealand and tournament debutantes
Pool B is headed by defending Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
champions Australia, followed by England, Bangladesh and Ireland.
Pool C sees last year’s runners-up Pakistan grouped with South
Africa, India and the hosts, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
Tournament Director Glyn Davies said, “The expansion to 12 teams
has helped raise the international profile of the Cricket Sixes.
The addition of the new teams also offers some tantalizing
match-ups including clashes between England and Ireland, Pakistan
and India and Australia and England in pool play alone. The T20
game also provides a showcase for the tournament on Friday and
sets the tone for the heavy-hitting excitement to follow.”
the first time at the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes both the Men’s and
Women’s national teams of China will be participating in the event. Team China will be in action with exhibition matches over
the weekend between the China and Hong Kong Women’s national teams
and a China men’s exhibition match on Sunday, 30 October 2011.
Hong Kong Cricket Association also introduced a reduced price
single-day ticket for Friday, 28 October 2011. Tickets can be purchased individually for the Friday of the tournament at a cost
of HK$100 for adults and HK$50 for children.
“Part of our
mandate for the tournament is to increase the exposure of the
Sixes and introduce new audiences to cricket. We are confident
that the special ticket price offer for Friday will assist in
attracting new audiences and will create an entertaining opening day for both staunch cricket supporters and general sports fans,”
said Dinesh Tandon, Chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Association.
Tickets for the Karp Group Hong Kong Cricket Sales 2011
sale today, Friday, 2 September 2011 via the Hong Kong Ticketing
website and telephone hotlines, the Hong
Kong Cricket Association office in Olympic House, Kowloon Cricket
Club, Hong Kong Cricket Club and at Jashan and DotCod restaurants
Adult tickets are priced at HK$800 for a weekend
(Saturday and Sunday) package. Weekend ticket packages for
children 12 and under will be HK$380.