KAIA opens account with victory in CIT SPL

Naseem Al Zahra before its match against MCH Green.
Updated 15 December 2016
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KAIA opens account with victory in CIT SPL

JEDDAH: KAIA opened its account beating Peeran XI by eight wickets in the 8th week matches in the CIT SPL cricket tournament at JCA Cricket Complex Usfan.
Held under the auspices of Jeddah Cricket Association, the event is sponsored by Canadian International Trading (CIT) and co-sponsored by Initial Services Group, Ace Travel and Tours, Maui Jim, Hyderabad Sharks, Pepsi (SIPCO), Mizo Juices (Arrow Foods), Khind Electronics and Bison.
Chief guest of the week’s matches and man of the match presentation was Syed Ali Mahmood, professor in King Abdul Aziz University and chief patron of Global Network of Telangana NRI’s. Guest of honor was Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, president Twin Cities Youth Welfare Association. Other distinguished guests were Khaja Muzaffaruddin, Syed Salman, Nadeem Abdul Basith, Mahmood Misri, Syed Mohiuddin Quadri and Abdullah Afzal.
After the 7th week matches were washed out due to heavy downpour, the 8th session saw fine all round performances in all matches.
KAIA scored its first win of the league with a dazzling 8 wicket win over Peeran XI thanks to Khalid’s unbeaten 69 and 2 for 35. Mohammad Shahzad of Hyderabad Sharks scored the week’s only century – scintillating 129, and then took one wicket to lead his team to a 15 runs win over Saudi German Hospital that earned him Player of the Week award. Abdul Quddus continued his all round performance with 74 runs and 3 for 38 to help Pepsi Deccan Knight score a five-wicket win over Hala International School. Shahbaz Rasheed’s spell of 4 for 30 and 32 runs was instrumental in MCH’s unbeaten run, this time getting the better of Pak Shaheen by 6 wickets. Naseem Al Zahra inspired by Usman Saeed’s rich haul of 6 for 31 after Nadeem’s elegant knock of 87 beat MCH Green by 23 runs. Ace Travel beat Malik XI by a whopping 126 runs thanks to Asif’s unbeaten 57 and Moazzam’s 61 runs.
Match summaries:
Hyderabad Sharks beat SGH by 15 runs: Hyderabad Sharks 214 for 7 in 20 overs. Mohammed Shahzad 129, Taher 22NO, Waqas 2 for 25, Umer 2 for 41. Saudi German Hospital 199 for 8 in 20 overs. Izhar 51, Taqi 28, Omer 27NO, Shahid 3 for 42, Mohd. Hassan 2 for 38.
Man of the Match: M. Shahzad
Pepsi Deccan Knights beat Hala International School by 5 wickets: Hala International School 209 for 7. Shahzad 40, Zahid 39, Amer 31, Jawwad 31, Shahjahan 29, Abdul Quddus 3 for 38. Pepsi Deccan Knights 211 for 5 in 17.5 overs. Abdul Quddus 74 NO, Syed Afroz 40, Abdul Raheem Mazhar 27NO, Sohail Bin Halais 27, Rafaqath 2 for 31.
Man of the Match: Abdul Quddus
MCH Premier beat Pak Shaheen by 6 wickets: Pak Shaheen 183 all out. Usman 70, Faisal 29, Shahbaz Rasheed 4 for 30, Wahid 3 for 17. MCH Premier 185 for 4. Irfan 64, Kashif Shafiq 52 NO, Shahbaz Rasheed 32, Atta Ur Rehman 2 for 19. MOM Shahbaz
KAIA beat Peeran XI by 8 wickets: Peeran XI 155 all out in 20 overs, Shakeel 61, Farooq 28, Ehsan 2 for 26, Khalid 2 for 35 runs. KAIA 159 for 2 in 14.5 overs Khalid 69NO, Majid 56, Abdur Raheem 2 for 31. MOM Khalid
Naseem Al Zahra beat MCH Green by 23 runs: Naseem Al Zahra 195 for 5. Nadeem 87, Osman Butt 44, Aamir Wahla 26, Qaiser 3 for 31, Azhar 2 for 27. MCH Green 172 for 9. Rana Shahzad 47NO, Mani 35, Usman Saeed 6 for 31. MOM Saeed of Naseem
ACE Travel beat Malik XI by 126 runs: ACE Travel 246 for 5. Moazzam Shaukat 61, Asif 57 NO, Bilal 41 in 27 balls, Nasik 2 for 44, Amer 2 for 54. Malik XI 119 all out Ilyas 39, Irshad 24, Abdul Wahed 3 for 10, Waqas 2 for 29, Rashed 2 for 32. MOM Asif


Saudi Arabia’s biggest celebration of motor racing returns with Formula E back at Ad Diriyah

Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s biggest celebration of motor racing returns with Formula E back at Ad Diriyah

  • The event will take place on Nov. 22 and 23
  • Two major races will take place in this year’s E-Prix, which made its Middle East debut in the Kingdom last year

RIYADH: This year’s Formula E season will kick off with a doubleheader in Ad Diriyah in November, backed by a huge festival of off-track action, music, culture and heritage.

The 2019 “Saudia” Ad Diriyah E-Prix promises to eclipse the inaugural 2018 edition, with two races, instead of one, being staged at the stunning UNESCO world heritage site of Ad Diriyah, and with crowds of up to 100,000 expected to attend.

Last year’s sell-out E-Prix featured music icons such as David Guetta, Enrique Iglesias, One Republic and the Black-Eyed Peas, performing as part of the racing championship’s debut in the Middle East.

2019 will see Porsche and Mercedes competing for the first time, boosting the number of cars on the track. Plus, Ad Diriyah will be ready to welcome even more international tourists, after the surrounding At-Turaif district finalizes its ambitious development program.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), said: “Formula E’s arrival in the Kingdom was a watershed moment for us, one that thousands witnessed together.

“The 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix excited our nation through its exhilarating action, heroes and entertainment. Thanks to the ambitions of Vision 2030, it was the biggest festival of sport, music and culture the Kingdom has ever seen.

“This year we look forward to igniting an even bigger season of motor racing for Formula E, to welcome even more international visitors, and to create another unforgettable moment for our people.”

In a recent interview with the UAE’s The National newspaper, DJ David Guetta hailed the 2018 event, which included the country’s first unsegregated concerts.

“I’m really proud that I’ve done this. There is obviously a very big effort in Saudi to open to music and to artists. And as an artist, I play for the people and the people were obviously so happy,” he said.

“It was incredible to see men and women dancing and letting go of everything. It was a great honor for me to be part of this.”

Last year saw travelers from 80 different countries flock to the event, taking advantage of the first-ever 30-day tourism visas issued under the new online Sharek immigration system. For 2019 the process has been enhanced to make visiting the Kingdom even easier.

Second staging

The 2019 E-Prix will be the second of a 10-year partnership between Formula E, the GSA and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). The event will be staged again by promoter CBX, which successfully created the racetrack and venue in the heart of the heritage site.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal, president of SAMF, said: “In 2018 the track proved itself a world-class venue for motorsport, hailed by racers as one of the most exiting they have faced.

“This year sees even more teams enter the championship, with Porsche and Mercedes entering the fray. Last year Ad Diriyah was the launchpad for the new ‘Gen 2’ race cars and the exciting ‘Attack Zone’ innovation. This year will be the first time drivers will have an additional 10 kilowatts (kW) of power available when using the ‘Attack Mode,’ rising from 225kW to 235kW.

“Add to that, a double header — two races instead of one — with a total of 24 cars competing. This will fire up Saudi Arabia’s passion for motorsports, and we are ready to welcome Formula E back.”