By Sports Reporter Doha
A traditional opening ceremony marked the launch of the Qatar Airways Cricket Tournament 2017 at the Asian Town Cricket Stadium in the Industrial Area.
The tournament, sponsored by Qatar Airways and organised by the Qatar Cricket Association, has drawn 64 teams in four categories – Premier Division, A, B and C divisions.
Manager Ticketing Operations – Qatar, Qatar Airways Ali Akbar Farabi played a shot off QCA general secretary Manzoor Ahmad’s delivery to inaugurate the tournament.
Other QCA officials present on the occasion included Mohamed Asif (Accountant), Amin ul-Islam (Head of School Boys Cricket), Shamsudin (Coach), Jahangir (Coach), Abdul Rehman (Coach), Nasim (Umpire Co-ordinator), Jamshaid Ahmad (Office Administrator) and Shahzad Saleem (Ground Supervisor).
Speaking on the occasion Farabi said, “It is a proud privilege for me to be present at the opening ceremony of the Qatar Airways Cricket Tournament. We, at Qatar Airways, attach a great deal of importance to human development.
“We are delighted that our long association with the QCA and its president MA Shahid is helping this popular sport shape better and stronger each year,” Farabi said.
QCA General Secretary Ahmad said: “The QCA is indebted to Qatar Airways and its Group Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker for their continued support to cricket in Qatar.
“We’ve come a long way as far as the game development is concerned.
“But our journey is long and challenging. Without the support of our well-wishers like Qatar Airways, it would be quite difficult for us to achieve our goals and objectives.
“We thank Qatar Airways once again and hope to extend our relationship beyond years and decades,” Ahmad said.
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