PHUKET: Organisers of the ACST Phuket Cricket Week confirmed that 12 teams will contest the first Kata Group International Cricket 7s, the new annual cricket tournament being held in Phuket from April 14-16.
''It's exciting news for this new tournament, it is full,'' said ACST Tournament Director of the Kata 7s, Brad Tarr. ''The number of teams we planned for, 12, will compete in this first year of the Kata 7s.
''What a great way to start Phuket Cricket Week 2012.''
Teams from Australia, India, Singapore, Qatar, UAE, England, Bangladesh and Thailand will compete in the tournament.
The Kata 7s will take place at the Kata Group Sports Ground in Chalong, Phuket, Thailand from Saturday to Monday.
Other tournaments being held during ACST Phuket Cricket Week include the Karon Sea Sands Phuket International Beach Cricket event taking place at Karon Beach on April 17 and the flagship tournament of the week, the Phuket International Cricket Sixes 201 taking place from April 18-22, also at the Chalong ground.
In addition to the three days of cricket on the field, participants in the Kata 7s will be treated to a Players Party and Awards Ceremony, with many of the teams also staying on to enjoy the Beach Cricket tournament.
The twelve teams playing in the Kata 7s are:
CBB SC's (Asia-Pacific),
Mighty Spires (England)
Singapore Slingers (Singapore)
Chennai Super Sevens (India)
Dabangg Boyz (Phuket)
The Rowdies (Qatar / Dubai)
Galah Cricket Club (Australia)
Thailand Rugby League (Australia)
The Vagabonds (Phuket)
PCDC Natives (Phuket)
Play in the Kata 7s will start at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, with play to commence at 11am on Finals Monday.
Entry to the ground is free and spectators are welcome.
About the Kata Group International Cricket 7s (April 14-16)
The Kata Group International Cricket 7s is a new tournament for 2012, developed to cater for the increasing demand from teams to play cricket during Phuket Cricket Week. Twelve teams will compete in this new tournament which features a novel seven-a-side format, rather than the traditional six-a-side, giving the fielding team captain the advantage of an additional fielder. The Team captains' meeting will take place on April 13 and matches will be played at Kata Group Sports Ground from Saturday to Monday. The Kata Cricket 7s Players' Party will be staged on the night of April 14.
About ACST Phuket Cricket Week 2012
The continuing success and growth of the Phuket International Cricket Sixes tournament, which was first staged in 2004, has led to the creation of the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour's ''Phuket Cricket Week'' which features three cricket tournaments for overseas and local cricket teams and spectators to enjoy held from April 14-22: a Cricket 7s tournament, a Beach Cricket tournament and of course the Phuket International Cricket Sixes. Forty cricket teams from around the world are anticipated to be competing during Phuket Cricket Week.
During Phuket Cricket Week funds will be raised for the Phuket Junior Cricket Development Fund which provides funding towards junior cricket activities in Phuket. In 2011, 158,000 baht was raised for the fund through the activities of ACST volunteers and the generosity of the teams.
About the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (www.cricketsixes.com)
The Asian Cricket Sixes Tour promotes, organises and markets international award winning club cricket events at fantastic locations across Asia Pacific. Founded in 2000 with just one event, the annual tour now comprises of tournaments in several locations across the region including Phuket, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, New South Wales, Pattaya, Shanghai, and Chiang Mai. The tournaments, which attract clubs and cricket celebrities from around the world and have won major awards from the International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council, have a core philosophy of ''friendship through cricket.'' They also raise funds and attract practical support for cricket development and local charities in their locations. At ACST tournaments, teams can be sure of a fantastic and rewarding overseas cricket tour.