Teams Association for Cricket in Kuwait (TACK), continuing with their mission of serving and enhancing the game of cricket in Kuwait; successfully conducted finals of the first ever DTACK-AHS Cup under the auspicious guidance and munificent support from Touristic Enterprises Company, and further cemented its reputation as the premier cricketing body in Kuwait. TACK offers an ideal platform for cricketers to showcase their talent as is unanimously agreed by the players and cricket lovers in the country.
Following the traditions established since 4 Nations Tournament, TACK yet again offered the perfect mix of food, music and entertainment packed T-20 cricket to people who turned up in numbers to have a good time. DJ Flames, a renowned name in Kuwait music and party circles and always the first choice to play at exclusive high-end parties, corporate and other events, was present playing the latest tunes and perfectly captured the mood and vibe of the match, playing perfect tunes at appropriate times during matches. The attendees included people from cricket loving south Asians along with the local population thus demonstrating the popularity and love TACK enjoys among the community.
DTACK-AHS Cup saw 31 teams competing spread across three divisions; A, B and C depending upon each team’s strengths and on Friday the top two teams from each division battled each other to clinch the cup. The day started with Division C finals played between Black Mambaz and Sawahel Al-Frensiya. It turned out to be a cliffhanger of a match going down to the last over with Black Mambas finally getting through by just 2 wickets. Division B final, played between Lanka Lions and Lexus, turned out to be another nail biter. The match kept see-sawing through out before reaching a point when Lanka Lions needed 9 runs to win of the last 6 balls. A winner could not be determined until the last ball was bowled and Lexus just managed to win at the end by a hair splitting margin of 4 runs.
Then it was time for the biggest final of the day; Division A final played between Safety Plus and Future Starts; who had remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Division A finals always create intense hype and curiosity among cricket fans as Kuwait’s best teams fight it out in Division A. Division A also got a befitting final going down to the wire with a twist at the end. Safety plus had only managed to score a meager 126 runs while batting first. The only saving grace of their innings was Khalid Butt’s brilliant knock of 55 runs. For a major part of Future Star’s innings it seemed as though they will cruise to victory chasing a small total and cause an upset by defeating Safety Plus. However, Safety Plus’s bowlers displayed nerves of steel and handled the pressure much better than Future Stars’s lower order batsmen. With 9 required off the final over one could sense the palpitating tension around the ground and pin-drop silence. Future Star’s hopes rested on Sabtain Raza who had batted brilliantly up until that point and absorbed the pressure well for his team but the hopes soon turned into nightmare when he was run out of the second last ball of the match. With six needed of the last ball, it required a Javed Miandad-like Sharjah miracle when he hit a six of the last ball of the match against India to take Pakistan to victory. Sadly for Future Stars, there were no such histrionics on display and the Safety Plus emerged as winners of Division A finals.
One aspect where TACK is head and shoulders above any other local cricket body in Kuwait is the way it treats and rewards the players as was seen in the presentation ceremony conducted after the finals. Gracing the ceremony was chief guest Mr. Khalid Butt from Al-Heero Sports who wholeheartedly and generously supported TACK by sponsoring the finals. It was due to this generous support that the runners-up of three finals got KD 100 cash prize along with a trophy and the winners walked away with KD 150 in addition to the winner’s trophy. Man-of-the-final was rewarded 25 KD along with a trophy. Presentation party also included distinguished representatives from Kuwait Oil Company and Oriental Restaurant. Trophies were provided by a long time supporter of TACK; Pro Sports which is a household name in Kuwait when it comes to sports equipment catering to all sports be it cricket or swimming or squash along with many others. However, this was not the end of festivities at TACKEntertainmentCity Cricket Ground as there was Kerala Premier League (KPL) final to be played which went late into the night.
KPL final was played between Q8 Calicut Crusaders and Alappey Venice with Crusaders coming out on top by a margin of 1 wicket. Even though the final continued until way after midnight, the ground was still full of people including the players from earlier finals played during the day. Instead of going home people had chosen to light bonfires, play live music and continue to just have a good time with friends and families and enjoy the atmosphere and chilly weather in the lush green surroundings of TACKEntertainmentCity Cricket Ground. Keralite community’s love for cricket is well-known and they turned up in huge numbers braving the cold weather to support their teams and players. The entire ambiance, including the bonfire, live music, and chilly wind and people enjoying cricket and each other’s company clearly indicated that TACK is definitely living up it to its promises made at inception; which was to serve the local community and provide them opportunities to come out with their friends and families to watch cricket and enjoy each other’s company.
Also, with TACK-IIK children’s cricket academy in full swing; TACK has displayed unwavering commitment to its mission of developing the game at grass-roots level. In pursuit of this mission, TACK is being ably supported by indiansinkuwait.com, a unique web portal that started out catering to Indian community in particular but over the last few years has become synonymous with expat community as the ideal platform to know about the latest events in Kuwait along with a lot of other useful information about life in Kuwait. With more than 20 kids being trained at the academy and successful completion 4 Nations Tournament, KBC-Bank League, Kerala Premier League and DTACK-AHS Cup TACK is consistently proving itself to be the most loved and foremost cricket body in the country. With many more exciting events lined up in 2014, including the second edition of KPL and D-TACK Cup; Teams Association for Cricket in Kuwait has ensured that cricket lovers are never short of opportunities, entertainment and of course, action-packed cricket.
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