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U-Pro will host an international indoor cricket series

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Dubai: U-Pro, formerly United Pro Sports, will host the first bilateral indoor cricket series between Emirates Indoor UAE and Sri Lanka Indoor Cricket.

Sanctioned by the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF), the two national teams will face off in a five-match series from March 4-7 at U-Pro in Al Quoz.

Manish Kishore, Managing Director of U-Pro, said: “We are proud to welcome the Sri Lankan national team indoors for what will be the first bilateral series between the two nations. Moreover, it is also the return of international indoor cricket since the pandemic and the indoor cricket community around the world is eagerly awaiting the start of this series.

The organizers also announced that the winners of the series will be awarded the “Anis Sajan Trophy” in recognition of Sajan’s contribution to indoor cricket in the United Arab Emirates as well as Sri Lanka.

In more detail, Manish said, “Mr. Cricket Anis Sajan is the true representation of indoor cricket in the United Arab Emirates. He played an active role in promoting the game between 1997 and 2018 and championed media attention towards the sport. His Danube team remained undisputed winners for two decades and during that time he gave jobs to several indoor cricketers from the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka. So honoring his contributions by naming the trophy is the least we can do. I would also like to thank Hiran de Mel for his wholehearted support for the initiative.

Memorable series

Hiran de Mel, Technical Director of Sri Lanka Indoor Cricket, said: “We are extremely happy to arrive here in the United Arab Emirates and I take this opportunity to thank WICF and U-Pro for making this tour possible. Everyone around the world is thrilled that International Indoor Cricket is back, and I’m sure this memorable series will get a lot of attention.

Mr Cricket Anis Sajan said: “Indoor cricket will always hold a special place in my heart. I enjoy playing and watching this version of cricket, and I’m sure anyone watching these games for the first time will be equally captivated and impressed.

The squad that will represent Emirates Indoor UAE was chosen at a selection tournament held at U-Pro in January. Aqib Malik will lead the team and Hariharan Gurumurthy will be an alternate. U-Pro have appointed five-time New Zealand Indoor World Cup player Matt Henderson to coach the Emirates Indoor UAE team.

Extra game

Matches will take place at 9 p.m. each day, with an additional match at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Limited seating is also provided, while spectators around the world can watch the matches live on U-Pro’s Facebook and YouTube pages, courtesy of Nikon Middle East.

Sponsors include Rasasi Perfumes, Khind Middle East, Nikon, Mai Dubai, IPU Sports, Thambapanni, Direct Trading Technologies, Chrysels, Sri Lankan Business Council & Team Event.

Emirates Indoor Team of the United Arab Emirates: Aqib Malik (captain), Hariharan Gurumurthy (vice-captain), Dilisara Sasanka, Hatim Patwa, Isusu Umesh, Jay Joshi, Krishna Karate, Nashwan Nasir, Prashath Kumara, Rishi Ramchandani, Rohan Nayak, Saad Aslam. Matt Henderson (coach).

Sri Lanka Indoor Team: Kolitha Hapuarachchi (captain), Rumesh Perera (vice-captain), Malshan Rodrigo, Nilantha Wijekoon, Heshal Silva, Shewon Fonseka, Sheehan Wijetunge, Ranusha Perera, Kanishke Jayasumane, Andrew Parys, Nalaka De Silva, Chalitha Subasinghe, Chrishantha Peries. Asela Pathirana (coach).