International Bank of Qatar (ibq) is sponsoring the Master Cricket Tournament for the 8th year running, cementing the bank’s steadfast support to this sports event. The event kick-started on Friday January 18 at the Doha West Bay Cricket Complex, with presence of hundreds of fans, and will culminate with a grand finale on 15th March 2013 with the winning champion walking off with the Champion’s trophy and individual prizes for the 15 team players.
This year’s edition brought together 32 teams split into two divisions of 16 each with each division comprising of 4 pools represented by 4 teams. The teams get to play 3 league matches with the top 2 teams from each pool going into the Quarter-Finals scheduled for 1st March 2013.
The Crickets Masters has been organised by the Qatar Veterans Cricket League since 1988 with four Day Tournaments and one Night Floodlit Tournament annually. The Qatar Veterans Crickets League Organising Committee comprises 11 members who dedicate the time and effort, on an honorary basis, to see every season coming to a huge success.
Jabra Ghandour, Managing Director of ibq said: “This is our eighth consecutive year with the Qatar Veterans’ Cricket League and this partnership strongly underlines our firm belief in the sports talent existing in the country. It also exemplifies our continued investment in our community-outreach programmes by spearheading or sponsoring activities and initiatives of great benefits to our society. At ibq, we highly command the efforts put forth by the organizing committee to turn this cricket tournament into one of the most professional sports championships in Qatar.”
Mohamed Ikhlas Farid, Founder of the Qatar Veterans' Cricket League said: “As we enter our eighth edition of the Cricket Masters, we look back at the fantastic success this series has recorded so far and we are really amazed and inspired by the wide acclaim it has received by the enthusiasts of this sport in Qatar. The Crickets Masters is now an official and professional sports platform in the country showcasing Qatar’s capabilities to stage truly world-class sports events. However, this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the significant support we had from ibq over the past eight years. ibq has been an exemplar partner and for that we thank them tremendously.”