MARGATE/FL – USA: With just days to go before the start of the 2019 Chicago Cup excitement is mounting among players of the eight teams.
The tournament bowls off in earnest on Saturday at Washington Park in Chicago at 10 am with four matches taking place simultaneously. The official opening will take place at 9 am at the Park with officials meeting the players.
President of Midwest Cricket Council (MCC) Shiraz Najam says that all is in place for the opening of the ninth edition. “We have worked hard over the past few months to get everything in place for this our marquee tournament. A couple of days ago we finished putting in new Astroturf at the four grounds as we look to up the quality of the cricket.
“This year is significant for us because we have decided to open up the tournament to players from outside of the Midwest Cricket League and Chicago. We have players from all around the United States coming in to play at the Chicago Cup this time. There is also one talented young man from the West Indies in fast bowler Liam Mamchan flying all the way from Trinidad and Tobago to take part in the tournament. We are looking forward to great cricket this year.”
There has been a lot of excitement leading into this tournament with more than 450 players registered in the draft. According to the hard-working Najam: “We picked 110 players from the draft and now they have an opportunity to make a name for themselves in this tournament.
“Some of the notable names this year is Zishawn Qureshi who is coming from the Global T20, Ferhan Ali who was player of the year last year at the Chicago Cup, Ferhan Arshad, young Liam Mamchan a Trinidad and Tobago youth player, the consistent Karan Kumar and Manu Singh and also spinner Rajesh Sharma who played at the IPL years ago.”
In addition to the cricket, fans will also get entertainment at the venue with a bouncy castle for the kids and food and merchandise for sale.
There will be no prize money for the winning team, as they will basically play for bragging rights. However, there will be cash prizes for individual players and also every player hitting a six in the finals will get $50 (Maq Sixes) and each bowler gets $20 (Maq Strikes) for a wicket. This will be sponsored by Chairman of CCUSA, Mahammad Qureshi.