Mana Ibrahim Al Mana (centre), Chairman West End Park, launching the ticket sales of the triangular women’s cricket championship along with Syed Bobby Refair (third left) Executive Director Pakistan Cricket Board, Manzoor Ahmed (second left) General-Secretary of Qatar Cricket Association and other officials during a press conference in Doha yesterday. The triangular women’s one-day and Twenty20 Championship will be held from January 10 to 24 at the West End Park Stadium. Picture by: Abdul Basit
Doha: Ticket sales for the the triangular women’s One-Day and Twenty20 cricket championship have began, West End Park the organisers of the event announced here yesterday
The women’s championship. will be held from January 10 to 24 at West End Park Stadium under the patronage of His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sports, Qatar.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, chairman of West End Park, Mana Ibrahim Al Mana said preparations at the 12,500-capacity cricket stadium located at the West End Park are complete.
He said sale of tickets for the Championship started yesterday and are available at all leading shopping malls in Doha and Industrial Area, as well at the West End Park.
He said tickets are available in four categories to meet the budgets of all income groups.
“We are delighted to host this Championship which will put Qatar on the cricket map. The triangular series will be a delight for all cricket loving fans in Qatar,” Mana said.
Single entry tickets will be priced at QR10, while the organisers will also be issuing a silver ticket worth QR50 which will allow multiple entries.
The other two types of tickets are VVIP and VIP, the organierts said.
According to Mana, the management of West End Park has exerted all efforts to ensure a fun-filled tournament for the cricket lovers of Qatar.
He said the company expects large turnout for the triangular championship, which will see teams from South Africa, Ireland and Pakistan in action.
Talking about ticket sales Mana said ticket reservations have been very encouraging for the opening ceremony, which will be graced by His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sports, ambassadors of participating countries and senior officials of Pakistan Cricket Board, Cricket South Africa and Cricket Ireland.
The Century 21 & West End Park Chairman noted that the hosting of this tournament in Doha is a huge achievement and a historic moment for the sport in the State of Qatar, this is the first championship ever to be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“This is the first time Qatar has hosted a major cricket tournament for women, and we are thankful for the tremendous support received from all institutions and local bodies. The event will be a perfect opportunity for cricket lovers in Qatar to enjoy some entertaining cricket in a festive atmosphere,” he added.
Mana said the tournament will provide world class competition between the three countries from the three continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.
Expressing confidence at Qatar becoming a cricket hub, Mana said: “The cricket stadium at West End Park is clear evidence of the great efforts made by the State of Qatar to develop cricket in Qatar. The hosting of the Qatar International Women’s Championship demonstrates Qatar’s commitment in patronizing the growth of the sport in Qatar.” tHE PENINSULA