The world’s biggest tournament has been played at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah for two seasons now. The tournament is staged under the aegis of the Sharjah Cricket Council, under the leadership of Waleed Bukhatir.
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The tournament is the brainchild of UAE-based Petromann Events to manage, operate and market the Indian team. Petromann Events, brainchild of Mr Abdul Latif Khan, also known as Arif Khan in the sporting arena. The tournament boasts the highest prize money for tennis ball cricket anywhere in the world and is valued at a total of 250,000 Dirhams.
In the first edition in addition to regular tennis ball cricketers, former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider also participated in the tournament. This year another Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir is also drafted to play in the tournament. Among the other international players, Sri Lanka’s Thilan Thushara and Chamara Silva are also likely to play. From India a number of players who have played Ranji Trophy are listed in squads, alongside former Rajasthan Royals paceman Kamran Khan.
India batsman Robin Uthappa was named the brand ambassador and mentor for the team to be fielded by the sponsor Tayyarah.com in the second edition of the tournament. In all 16 teams participated in what is the world’s biggest tennis ball cricket tournament.