Bangladesh to participate in Hong Kong Sixes 2017
Hong Kong World Sixes tournament 2017, a tournament based of five overs consisting of six players for each team, is all set to start from 28 October at Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong. Eight teams including hosts Hong Kong will participate in the two days long tournament. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ হংকং সিক্সেস টুর্নামেন্টের জন্য বাংলাদেশ দল ঘোষণা]
A number of five teams from Test Playing nation are going to partake in the battle to entertain the spectators. Bangladesh are also all set to partake in this year’s Hong Kong World Sixes tournament alongside with other Test Playing nations like Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand Kiwis, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
Cricket Hong Kong Director Jonathan Cummings are very much pleased about the participation of the Test playing nations. He expressed his happiness and told, “We are excited to welcome both test nations and our first ever club side to take part in the Sixes, particularly an iconic club like MCC, with its prestigious cricket history,”
This is a special kind of tournament where spectators usually get the opportunity to see lots of runs and raining of boundaries. Six cricketers can represent their perspective team in a match while five cricketers get the chance to bowl except the wicketkeeper.
There have been some interesting facts about the format of the tournament such are Wides and no-balls count as two runs, a batsman have to retire after scoring 31 runs but they can eligible to bat again if his side lost 5 wickets before completing allotted overs. If five wickets fall before 5 overs are completed, the last remaining batsman bats on with the fifth batsman acting as a runner. He always takes strike. The innings is complete when the sixth wicket falls.
To be noted, the participating eight teams will be divided in two pools for the preliminary matches which are scheduled to be played on 28 October. In the second and final day of the tournament, last phase of the tournament will be held.
Have a look at the squad of participating teams-
Australia: John HASTINGS (Capt), Ben LAUGHLIN, Arjun NAIR, Nathan REARDON, Alexander GREGORY, Matthew SHORT, Sebastian GOTCH.
Bangladesh: Saif Hasan (captain), Afif Hossain, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Monirul Islam, Robiul Haque and Qazi Onik Islam.
Hong Kong: Babar Hayat (Capt), Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Jamie Atkinson, Tanveer Ahmed.
MCC: Samit PATEL (Capt), Jordan CLARK. Gareth BERG, Darren STEVENS, John SIMPSON. Rikki CLARKE, Ryan HIGGINS.
New Zealand Kiwis: Peter FULTON (Capt), Shanan STEWART, Roneel HIRA, Brad CACHOPA, Graeme BEGHIN, Elliott HERD, Steve WILKINS.
Pakistan: Sohail TANVIR (Capt), Sohail KHAN, Jahid ALI, Mohammad SAMI, Anwar ALI, Hammad AZAM, Sahibzada FARHAN
South Africa: Sarel ERWEE (Capt), Aubrey SWANEPOEL, Corne DRY, Jerry NQOLO, Somila SEYIBOKWE, Ferisco ADAMS.
Sri Lanka: Farveez MAHAROOF (Capt), Andy SOLOMONS, Tillakaratne SAMPATH, Angelo PERERA, Bhanuka RAJAPAKSA, Ramith RAMBUKWELLA, Jeevan MENDIS
The rules of Sixes cricket are very simple and quite different to any other format of the game.
- Games are played between two teams of six players, and each game consists of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each side.
- Each member of the fielding side bowls one over, with the exception of the wicket-keeper.
- Wides and no-balls count as two runs.
- If five wickets fall before 5 overs are completed, the last remaining batsman bats on with the fifth batsman acting as a runner. He always takes strike. The innings is complete when the sixth wicket falls.
- Batsmen retire not out on reaching 31 runs. The idea being to reach 36 runs by hitting 6 sixes. A retired batsman can return to the crease after lower-order batsmen either retire or are out.