Saudi Arabia has just held its biggest ever tournament, the Moneygram Cricket Ke Badhshah, with a Final between Al-Ghamdi and Dopco Stars. Thanks to a six off the last ball Eastern Province’s Al Ghamdi picked up the winners’ cheque for 10,000 Riyals (approx. US$2700). Perhaps even more thrilling for the winners than the victory was the chance to meet the legendary Wasim Akram who was at Yanbu for the Final.

The Moneygram Cricket Ke Badhshah started in Riyadh on the 22nd March before moving on to Dammam and then Jeddah and Yanbu. 128 teams took part, and for the tournament opener, the Saudi Cricket Centre said that “it was the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia that more than 500 players will be engaged in cricket activity on a single day.” After ten weeks of competition, the four regional champions made it to the Champions Trophy in Yanbu at the end of May. SCC CEO Nadeem Nadwi felt the tournament “was a great success as over 2000 players and officials were involved.”

Speaking to the audience at Yanbu for the Final, Wasim Akram urged cricketers not to let a single opportunity of growth pass them by and take hold of each and every chance presented to them. His former team-mate in the Pakistan 1992 World Cup-winning campaign ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander praised the SCC for their “excellent work done after the talent hunt program with Shahid Afridi.”

ICC Cricket 360 filmed part of the event and will be broadcasting the highlights from Yanbu soon. Moneygram have confirmed their continued sponsorship of the event for 2014 and 2015.

Moneygram Cricket Ke Badhshah 2013
Best Batsman: Nasir Abbasi (Riyadh)
Best Bowler: Afaq (Western Province Cricket Association)
Best All-Rounder: Qamar Abbas (Al Ghamdi)

Saudi Arabia Cricket Profile

Filed June 4th, 2013