Muscat: Oman Cricket’s Chairman’s XI won the ‘Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament 2022’ held at the Oman Cricket Academy from April 22 to 29.
They defeated Indian Embassy in a thrilling final.
The tournament was organised as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – an initiative celebrating the 75 years of Indian independence. Four teams took part, with OC Chairman’s XI and the Indian Embassy joined by sides representing the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Paul Sheridan, Vice-Chairman of Oman Cricket along with the ambassadors of the other three nations to the Sultanate inaugurated the tournament on April 22.
OC’s Chairman’s XI won all their games in the league stage to set up a showdown with the Indian Embassy team in the final. In it, the latter posted a first innings score of 103 in 15 overs. The run chase was a nail-biting affair and in the end, the Chairman’s XI clinched a last-ball victory to take home the inaugural ‘Friendship Cup’.
Speaking of the overall experience, Amit Narang, Ambassador of India to Oman said: “This unique tournament saw riveting cricketing action, with amateur diplomat-cricketers showcasing impressive skills with both bat and ball but more importantly, it was a beautiful show of sportsmanship and camaraderie and also gave the families from respective countries a chance to come together and enjoy the sporting entertainment”.
Pankaj Khimji, Chairman of Oman Cricket added: “It was an honor and a lot of fun to host this event at the Oman Cricket Academy. I thank everyone involved in making it a success, with a special mention to the families of those that took the field. My appreciation also extends to all the spectators that turned up to cheer us on. Looking forward to another edition very soon!”. The tournament managed to capture the interest of locals and expatriates in the region alike, while also serving to strengthen the ties between the nations involved.