JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia cricket team won its 50-over matches tour to Uganda 2-1.
Two matches of this 5-game tour were washed out due to unexpected rain.
The Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) team’s tour, which was sponsored by Mbuzzsport, the sports sponsorship investment & management division of Riyadh-based telecom services company Mbuzz Group (www.mbuzz.sa), was specially organized in preparation for the ICC (International Cricket Council) T20 World Cup 2020 Western region qualifying tournament to be played in Kuwait from April 18 to 28. Seven countries are competing for 3 places to the second qualification round later this year in Malaysia, en route to the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2020.
The team has returned to KSA after a series of warm-up matches against the Uganda Cricket Association. The format chosen was 50 overs in order to give the team more practice than the shorter 20 overs games.
The Kuwait tournament will be played under a round-robin format, with Saudi Arabia playing against UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, the Maldives and host Kuwait. Qualifying will be tough, with strong competition expected from the UAE in particular. However, based on recent results, KSA is confident of qualifying among the 3 nations progressing to the next stage of the competition.
Mbuzz Group had earlier sponsored the Saudi national team’s tour to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where KSA narrowly missed qualifying for Division 5 of the ICC World Cricket League.
Mbuzz Group’s involvements have largely been focused so far on top-tier football — contracts signed with high level teams in England, as well as a ground-breaking shirt sponsorship deal for Royal Jordanian Airlines in Spain with La Liga club CD Leganés.
Nadeem Nadwi, Chief Executive of SCC said, “We are again very grateful for the kind support extended by Mbuzz Group. Their support for our overseas tours is really helping our national players to develop the skills and experience necessary to compete at the international level. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mbuzz Group management team of President Nawaf Al-Shammari and CEO Youssef Abdellaoui.”
Abdellaoui added, “We are impressed and excited by the professionalism of SCC in promoting the sport in the Kingdom. We are delighted to be associated with the world’s popular sport and to help Saudi Arabia secure an ever higher position in world cricket.” — SG