Pakistan’s University of Central Punjab qualifies for Campus Cricket World FinalsArchive
KARACHI: University of Central Punjab, after being crowned as the Red Bull Campus Cricket National Champions 2016, is now all set for the fifth edition of the World Finals that will take place in Sri Lanka from Sept 5-11, 2016.
College teams from eight countries including Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates have qualified through their own national competitions with Assupol Tuks Cricket (University of Pretoria), aiming for a hat-trick after winning the last two World Finals in 2014 and 2015.
England’s Loughborough University will be looking for revenge after losing in the final last year and MMCC College, Pune will hope they can emulate India’s victory in 2013.
All of them will have to watch out for the representing the hosts, BMS Colombo, who have three Sri Lanka internationals — Shehan Jayasuriya, Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka — in their side.
“We’re very excited to be hosting Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals again in Sri Lanka after the inaugural Asia Cup in 2012 & World Finals in 2013,” Brendon Kuruppu, the tournament director and former Sri Lanka cricketer said.
“It’s the world championship of college cricket and a unique opportunity for some of the best young cricketers from around the world to showcase their talents. In Sri Lanka it has become one of the most important tournaments for our young cricketers and we were proud to see so many Sri Lanka players representing their colleges in the national finals last week.”
The same is true around the world, as there are already players from India, Pakistan and South Africa who have gone on from Campus Cricket to play professionally and for their country, KL Rahul being a shining example at the moment for India in the West Indies. Every year it gets tougher to win this trophy and 2016 promises to be the hardest fought event yet.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four at the tournament draw on September 4, 2016. The group stages will take place in Colombo from September 5-7, at the headquarters of Sri Lankan cricket, the Sinhalese Sports Club, and at the adjacent Nondescripts Cricket Club. The semi-finals and final will take place at the Galle International Stadium on September 10 and 11 respectively.
The competition this year will see the trial of a new Energiser Over, where the runs for one over per side, tactically nominated by the batting team at any point after the Powerplay overs, will count double. Any wickets taken during that over will cost the batting side 5 penalty runs.
The teams competing in the 2016 World Finals are: Sri Lanka: Business Management School (BMS), Colombo; Australia’s University of Sydney; Bangladesh’s University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB); England’s Loughborough University; India’s Marathwada MitraMandal College of Commerce (MMCC College), Pune; Pakistan’s University Of Central Punjab, Lahore; Assupol Tuks Cricket, University of Pretoria and UAE’s Heriot Watt University, Dubai.It may be mentioned here that Red Bull Campus Cricket is an annual international T20 tournament for college cricket teams that was launched in 2012 and is now in its fifth year. The respective teams have each won national qualifiers to represent their countries at the World Finals.
Published in Dawn, September 3rd, 2016