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Saturday, 20 March 2021

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes History

 

The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is a tournament organized by the Cricket Hong Kong. The tournament is sanctioned by International Cricket Council and is generally held at the Kowloon Cricket Club. Matches are intended to be watched on television, with rules and a setting that encourages aggressive attack and high scores. The tournament is best suited for the all rounders, as all players except the wicket keeper need to bowl an over. All editions of the tournament were held at the Kowloon Cricket Club, with the exception of the 1996 and 1997 editions, which were held at Hong Kong Stadium.

History

Pakistan won the inaugural trophy in 1992. Wasim Akram was chosen as the man of the match. Teams from Pakistan, England and South Africa have won the tournament 5 times each. The Indian won the 2005 edition. In 2006, South Africa beat Pakistan, the five-time champions. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 2007 after defeating an All-Stars team that included Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Shane Warne. In 2008, the All-Stars went to the tournament, with Brian Lara of the West Indies and Stephen Fleming of New Zealand as attacking members. They were joined by Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and hosts Hong Kong. Eight teams competed in the 2009 tournament, which ran from October 31 to November 1, with South Africa beating Hong Kong in the final. The Hong Kong Cricket Association was awarded HK $ 3.5 million by the Hong Kong Government's Mega Event Fund (MEF) to host the event in 2011, with additional funding provided by the KARP Group. The rules of tournament have been tweaked to meet the objectives of the Mega Events Fund, which promotes Hong Kong as Asia's event capital. The competition begins on Friday of the weekend and lasts two to three days. The number of competing teams was increased from 8 to 12 teams with the addition of 4 more teams, which comprised of a 3 international teams and 1 team of invitational squad of international players. Because of certain issues related to the time constraints HKCA did not make another MEF application in 2012 , and decided to rely on a smaller grant of government's ‘M’ Mark scheme. This resulted in a abated tournament played over two days on 27–28 October with just eight teams. All-Stars side was not a part of that edition of tournament. After 2012 there was a time gap before the tournament returned in 2017. This was mainly due to lack of funds. In 2013, the Hong Kong Cricket Association submitted  applications for MEF contributions. At first they had submitted for HK$10 million, but later they revised it toHK$5 million. But all these applications were turned down and the tournament was cancelled due to lack of funds. The organizers were left with only HK$1 million from the M-Mark scheme to compile the tournament. They couldn’t get enough sponsorships from private side too. After a delay of 5 years the tournament was held again in 2017. In that 19th edition, South Africa defeated Pakistan in the finals. Pakistan batting first made 123/6 in 4.5 overs. In reply , South Africa made 124/4 in five overs. South Africa won by 2 wickets.


Match rules

The Laws of Cricket apply, except:

1. Each match is played between two teams, comprising of six players. Each match consists of a maximum of five overs of 6 balls each, bowled by each side. The final match has eight-ball overs.

2. Every member of the fielding side, except the wicket keeper bowls one over each.

3. Wides and no-balls costs two runs.

4. If five wickets fall before the completion of 5 overs, the last remaining batsman bats alone with the fifth batsman, who was out acting as a runner. He always takes the strike. The innings is complete when the sixth wicket falls or the quota of 5 overs are completed.

5. When the batsman reaches 31 runs, they retire. A batsman who previously retired on reaching 31 runs, can return to the crease once the other lower order batsmen has been out or retired.

6. The winning team obtains 2 points for each.

7. There wont be a free hit after the no ball.

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