The Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) has
confirmed the cancellation of the Hong Kong
Cricket Sixes for 2013.
The Association cited a variety of reasons for
the decision not to proceed with the event this October, but the
primary concern was the difficulty in securing sufficient
government funding and private sector backing in the difficult
The HKCA Executive Committee the following
statement, "We apologise to the many local cricket fans and
our many long-serving corporate supporters for whom this weekend
has been a highlight of the local calendar for many years, but it
was decided by the Executive Committee that it would be better to
cancel rather than leave the association open to a potentially
significant financial loss.
Hong Kong Cricket Sixes Cancelled for 2013. Click to Enlarge.
"The rejection of the HKCA’s request for Hong
Kong SAR Government funding through the Mega Events Fund was a
significant blow to the association’s plans to mount the
tournament and made finding a corporate underwriter for the
tournament a significantly more expensive proposition in 2013 with
the resulting shortened timeframe to find a title sponsor further
"HKCA understands the need to approach
government, corporates and the international cricket boards as
early as possible and so will very shortly start work on the 2014
event and will make every effort to return the Sixes to its
rightful place in the International Calendar next year.
"With Hong Kong being the 20th ranked team in
world cricket and considering the Sixes’ unique history and role
as the showcase event for cricket in China and north Asia, we are
still struggling to understand why we were rejected. But we remain
thankful for the strong support we have received in years past
from Government bodies like the Major Sports Executive Committee,
LCSD, Home Affairs Bureau and the Hong Kong Police.
"We will make a further approach to the Mega
Events Fund for next year as we believe that the potential of the
Cricket Sixes to enhance Hong Kong’s position as a premier
international sporting and tourism destination remains as strong
"The Association will stay in close contact with
the many existing corporate partners as well as the numerous
companies who expressed interest in supporting the tournament this
year to manage their expectations and rekindle their excitement
for a bigger and better tournament in 2014."
Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
Organized by the Hong Kong Cricket Association
since 1992, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the only international
cricket event held in Hong Kong and is fully sanctioned by the
world’s governing body for cricket, the International Cricket
The tournament has been broadcast live since
2008 and in 2012 reached over 127 million households on the Indian
subcontinent, across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia
and South Africa, as well as being packaged for distribution in
North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and China.
Pictures from the 2012 Hong Kong Cricket Sixes
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