Nadeem Nadwi (centre) holds the World Twenty20 2014 trophy in Jeddah

Following the success of the inaugural Moneygram Cricket Ke Badshah Tournament earlier this year, the second one will be held in January 2014. 136 teams took part in the event first time around, this time there will be 282. From four cities hosting the matches, there will be seven. Over 4000 cricketers across the Kingdom will be taking part. “It’s a great focal point for the cricketers of Saudi Arabia,” says ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander, “the amount of interest generated among all those who follow and play cricket is huge.”

Present at the announcement of the event were significant figures from the diplomatic corps of the South Asian countries and Saudi Cricket Centre CEO Nadeem Nadwi as well as Moneygram’s top brass and a certain piece of highly coveted silverware – the Twenty20 World Cup. The event and the trophy drew a large crowd. The SCC have a three-year sponsorship agreement with Moneygram and the corporation’s Corridor Manager-Arabia, Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan Youssef Tarek said, “It is the huge presence of South Asian expats in Saudi Arabia that prompted MoneyGram into this project. Cricket can bring all people under one flag.”

The presentation podium at the first MoneyGram Cricket Ke Badsha Tournament, May 2013. Yes, that is Wasim Akram

Abha, Jubail and Madinah are the three new cities to host the regional matches, alongside Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Yanbu. The Final will be played in May on the Kingdom’s turf facility in Yanbu, western Saudi Arabia.

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Filed December 24th, 2013