UAE and Hong Kong Women to compete in 'SkyExchange.net Women's T20i Bilateral Series' in the UAE late April 2022
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Hong Kong (CHK) and Pacific Star Sports, have today announced the ‘SkyExchange.net Women’s T20i Bilateral Series’ between UAE and Hong Kong Cricket.
To be played at the Malek Ground in Ajman (UAE), the series will commence on Wednesday, April 27th and continue through to Saturday, April 30th 2022. The series’ first three matches will commence at 19:00 with the fourth, and final, match to start at 09:00 (UAE time).
SkyExchange.net have been named the Title sponsors, with Fancode broadcasting the matches Live in India and rest of the world available on CricTracker Facebook pages - as well on their YouTube channel. Additional regions; such as Geo Super in Pakistan, Willow TV in USA and Canada, and Sportseye will be confirmed in the coming days.
Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary Emirates Cricket Board, said “Such opportunities are vital in and to our women’s development. We are extremely proud that our women continue to be highly competitive in Regional and Associate Member events, evident through their qualifying for the ICC T20i World Cup Global Qualifiers (for a second time), and their three-time victory in the GCC Women’s T20 Championships. T20 is undoubtable our strongest format and, as we eye the recent ICC approval for Associate Members to be awarded ODI-status, these tournaments provide an exceptional pathway in developing our skill-set and match-playing acumen to longer formats.” “We extend our thanks to Cricket Hong Kong and Pacific Star Sports for their support and vision for the future of Women’s Sport and Women’s Cricket.”
Mark Farmer, General Manager (High Performance) of Cricket Hong Kong said; “This series provides a great opportunity for our Women’s team to continue the momentum they gained from the World Cup Qualifiers late last year. A series like this provides a great platform for individuals and the team to develop and gain invaluable international match experience. We would like to thank the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting us in what we hope will become a regular series on the annual calendar.”
Parvez Khan, CEO of Pacific Star Sports said “With some incredible talent and growing interest in the sports; we felt compulsion to showcase these competitive Women’s matches on larger platforms. Our objective is to stream Women’s matches on one of global largest cricket platform of CricTracker and Fancode.”
Chaya Mughal, UAE Cricket Women’s Captain said; “Before heading to our (ICC Women’s T20) Global qualifiers, the forthcoming bilateral series with Hong Kong is a great opportunity for us to try out different batting and bowling combinations.” “Participating in this series will not only boost our confidence, but it will also assist us in developing a good mindset and game plan that we have been working on for several months. The team is super excited to play and perform, and we want to participate in many more similar events in the near future.”
Kary Chan, Hong Kong’s Captain said; “We are incredibly excited to return to the Dubai to take on UAE. We entered last year’s World Cup Qualifiers having not played international cricket for over two years and won four of our five games. Regular international series between major tournaments is a critical to ensuring we get invaluable match experience. That match experience will enable us to learn, develop and enter tournaments with clarity and confidence. The UAE are a great team and we are looking forward to taking them on again.”
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Additional broadcast information will be finalised and provided closer to the start of the Bilateral Series
Schedule (UAE times noted);
Wednesday April 27th 19:00 - T20I Match 1 – UAE vs Hong Kong
Thursday April 28th 19:00 - T20I Match 2 – UAE vs Hong Kong
Friday April 29th 19:00 - T20I Match 3 – UAE vs Hong Kong
Saturday April 30th 09:00 - T20I Match 4 – UAE vs Hong Kong