Hong Kong World Sixes 2018 and the Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2019 have been officially called off and are set to combine together in a new week-long extravaganza called “Hong Kong World Festival of Cricket” in autumn 2019.
11 Countries were lined-up to take part in the 2018 World Sixes tournament, however, with the event not going to be held as planned, the organisers have been notifying the same to the respective Cricket boards.
Nazvi Careem of South China Morning Post specified that lack of funding is one of the major reasons for the calling off the tournament and clubbing with HK Blitz to bring a new product at a different time period to maximise overseas player availability and participation. To read more on the subject matter, click here.
“With two established tournaments in such close proximity to each other – and in the midst of an increasingly congested international cricket calendar, particulary in February, we have seen an opportunity to create synergy by combining these two premier international tournaments into a unique multi-day festival of cricket,” said Mr Jonathan Cummings, Board Member of CCIL (China Cricket International Limited), the commercial arm of Cricket Hong Kong.
“While we share the fans’ disappointment at not having a Sixes or a Blitz in the short-term, by establishing the world festival on the cricket calendar a full year out, we are confident of creating a sustainable major event that will captivate local and international audiences and provide a compelling platform to promote Hong Kong and Hong Kong cricket worldwide, sustain-ably and long-term.
“The festival format also provides greater opportunities for our commercial partners, including Virgin Atlantic, Accenture, Hublot and KPMG – whom we sincerely thank for their committed support to previous tournaments and their interest to be involved in the world festival of cricket – to benefit from their association with the game,” Cummings said.
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