November 8, 2012

Former legends will lead the star brigade in this year’s third Gulf Super Sixes cricket tournament for the corporate sector here.
Each team will be assigned a cricketing legend during the final phase in December.

This year’s stars include: Chaminda Vaas, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock, and Wasim Akram, along with four more to be announced later this month. The teams will initially vie for the buildup to the showdown for the coveted 2012 championship on December 14, 2012.

Held under the auspices of the Dubai Sports Council and the Dubai Cricket Council, the third annual Gulf Super Sixes will take place from November 30 to December 14 — qualifiers and finals will take place at the ICC GCA grounds at Dubai Sports City and at Dubai International Stadium, respectively.

Endorsed by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, the 2012 Gulf Super Sixes is now featured on the Dubai Calendar of events.

Crayons Communications, organisers of the 2012 Gulf Super Sixes, in association with Gulf Oil and Landmark Group held a Press conference at the Media Rotana Hotel in Dubai to announce four of the eight cricketing legends that will participate in the third annual corporate cricket tournament in the emirate.

The tournament is also supported Klear Water and Alokozay International.

Participating at the announcement were Akram, brand ambassador – Gulf Super Sixes; Arshad Zaheer, CEO, Crayons Communications; S.P. Singh, chief marketing officer, Gulf Oil; Neelesh Bhatnagar, director, Landmark Group; and Mohamed Lokhandwala, honorary secretary, Dubai Cricket Council.

Zaheer, said: “The Gulf Super Sixes has established itself as a premier corporate cricketing tournament in the region and is not just for teams to showcase their cricketing talent, but to entertain families and friends across the UAE that share a joy for both cricket and sport.”

The organisers also announced — a coffee table book titled ‘Beyond the Boundary’. It is visually oriented, and is meant to document participants, supporters, and various key moments of this year’s edition of the Gulf Super Sixes, the presenter said.

The success of the inaugural Gulf Super Sixes drew big crowds for the second annual tournament and the organisers are expecting an even bigger and more multicultural audience.

For team participation, Irfan Ansari, tournament manager, is the person to contact on +97150 631 0614 or through e-mail:

More information on the 2012 Gulf Super Sixes corporate tournament, can be had by visiting

Akram ‘fighting fit’

Looking fit and trim, Wasim Akram admitted that standing up to the new fresh talent in Dubai has become a challenge for him these days.

“Last year I was sent in to open the batting and the first ball I got was a vicious bouncer. I had to walk down and request the young man to have a little patience and to pitch the ball ‘right’ up to me,” Akram said with a laugh.

“I have been in serious training and physical conditioning suited to my age for the past three weeks. I enjoyed the moments with the local and former international players here last year in Dubai. All of us mingled easily without any pressure or time issues put on us. It’s a great relaxing way to have fun and sports mixed in one package,” the legendary all-rounder and perhaps the greatest left hand pace bowler in international cricket in contemporary times, said on Wednesday afternoon.

“The Gulf Super Sixes corporate cricket league has an outstanding group of talented individuals with phenomenal cricket skills. As a person that has a strong passion for cricket, I feel it is my obligation to pass my knowledge down to these players and help them develop the game further for future generations to thrive. People who will come to watch these players will be fully entertained with the increased standards of play,” Akram said earlier at the announcement in Dubai.


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