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UBL T20 Floodlit Cricket Tournament

Published on Dec 30, 2013

The Abu Dhabi Cricket Council is extremely pleased to renew its association with the highly prestigious United Bank Limited of Pakistan to bring to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the 'T20 UBL Floodlit Cricket Trophy'. This is the Fourth edition of this format and the 6th time UBL is sponsoring a Tournament.

UBL's continuous support for the game is an extremely significant contribution for the promotion and development of the sport of cricket in the UAE.

The T20 format has rapidly become a favourite with both the players and spectators as it attracts both an aggressive approach to the game as well as creates excitement. It has also been an instrument of talent discovery leading to players being invited to represent the UAE in this format.

UBL has been in existence since 1959 and is one of the largest commercial banks in Pakistan with 1100+ domestic branches and 17 overseas branches in 11 countries. It is the 2nd largest private sector bank in Pakistan.

UBL opened its doors in UAE in 1967 and was the second foreign bank to open in the Abu Dhabi.

UBL is owned by a consortium of Abu Dhabi Group and Bestways Group UK with HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan as its Chairman and Sir Anwar Pervez, OBE as Vice Chairman. Its excellent credit rating makes it one of the soundest banks in the region.

Mr. Asad Burney, General Manager, UAE said that the 8 branches in UAE are well structured to cater to all banking requirements.

ADCC is indeed fortunate to establish and annually renew this association and the opportunity to present a high profile tournament comprising of 47 games with 40 round matches, Quarters finals, 2 semi-finals and a final, to be played under floodlights at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. Four games per week shall be played and overall the tournament shall be of 12 weeks duration split over the months of December 2011 and April - May 2012 due to the Pakistan V England Series during January and February 2012 and ICC WCQ in March 2012.

In terms of prize money and awards, the winners shall earn AED 12,000, and the Runners-up AED 8,000. There are several other prizes as well as trophies for individual performances.

This year the tournament format has retained its popular 20/20 format and shall commence with an Inaugural game scheduled for December 9 and from thereon 4 games per week shall be played.

Mr. Wajahat Husain, SEVP and Head of International stated that they were extremely delighted with this partnership with ADCC and with the opportunity to support the spread and development of the game amongst all cricket lovers across the UAE.

Cricket as a game builds bridges across global communities and it is an important part of its social responsibility that UBL supports and promotes the sport of cricket to ensure that the highly diversified population base of UAE meet and play together in the cricket arena.

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