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.
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.
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.