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PRESS RELEASE [ Chinese Version ]

Six Week Countdown to KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2012

[Hong Kong, September 18, 2012]:  Marking six weeks out from the KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2012, the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA) today unveiled the tournament draw and ticketing details for this annual international festival of cricket (October 27-28, 2012).

Eight teams will take part in the 2012 KARP Group Hong Kong Sixes, the only annual cricket event held in Hong Kong sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world’s governing body for the sport.

The participating teams in 2012 are defending champions Pakistan and last year’s runners-up England, as well as India, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Hong Kong.  One of the world’s most promising ICC Associate Members, The Netherlands, returns to the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes for the first time since 1996, rounding out the eight competing teams which were drawn into their respective tournament pools today.

Attending today’s press conference was Mr Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government, acting as a representative of Hong Kong’s Major Sports Events Committee, which has awarded the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes “M Mark” status for a fifth consecutive year in 2012.  

Captain Shahzada Saleem Ahmed and Mr Simon Millington, President and Chairman respectively of the Hong Kong Cricket Association (HKCA), also participated in today’s press conference.

Captain Shahzada Saleem Ahmed commented on the 2012 KARP Group Hong Kong Sixes saying, “Since first hosting the event in 1992, Cricket Sixes has become a popular and entertaining format the world over, while also giving rise to abbreviated codes of the game like Twenty20. The Hong Kong Sixes looks forward to continuing our tradition of innovation and world-class sporting entertainment in 2012 and for decades to come.”

For today’s tournament draw, the teams were banded into four bands of two teams each before being drawn into two pools of four teams each. 

Pakistan and England, last year’s defending champions and runners-up respectively, (and the two countries with the most Hong Kong titles to their credit with five each), were grouped in band 1 and drawn into the first line of Pools A and B.  Sri Lanka and South Africa were banded in group two and then drawn to complete the second line of the two pools, followed by India and Australia in band three. Hong Kong and The Netherlands were grouped in band four and drawn to complete the final line of the two pools.

HKCA Chairman Simon Millington commented on the draw saying, “We are excited to again welcome the premier sides in world cricket for the KARP Group Hong Kong Sixes 2012. After last year’s sensational tournament I have no doubt that all of the teams will be returning intent on victory in 2012.

“The strong performance by the Hong Kong team in 2011 and the addition of the Netherlands for the first time since 1996 will add even more excitement to what promises to be another unforgettable weekend of world-class cricket this October,” added Millington.

The tournament also unveiled the Hong Kong jersey for the 2012 event designed by Playmore, the official kit suppliers for the 2012 KARP Group Cricket Sixes, this afternoon.

Six of Hong Kong’s most promising players modeled the new gear this afternoon alongside Hong Kong National Coach Charlie Burke, who also commented on his team’s expectations for this year’s tournament:

“I believe the seven players in the Hong Kong team for this year’s Sixes are capable of winning the title for the first time ever. We lost in the semi final last year against eventual winners Pakistan which really hurt the guys. We have a simple game plan that we all stick too and we look forward to showcasing our skills in front of our supporters.”

Tickets for the KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2012 will go on public sale tomorrow, (September 19, 2012), and are available in both single day and event ticket packages. 

Saturday-only tickets retail for HK$310 (HK$180) for children, while the Sunday only ticket is HK$550 for adults and $220 for children.  Full weekend package tickets are available for HK$800 for adults and HK$380 for children.

Tickets for the KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sales 2012 are available via the Hong Kong Ticketing website (www.hkticketing.com) and telephone hotlines, as well as the Hong Kong Cricket Association office in Olympic House, Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong Cricket Club and DotCod restaurant in Central.

About the KARP Group Hong Kong Cricket Sixes 2012

Organized by the Hong Kong Cricket Association since 1992, the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is the only international cricket event held in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is fully sanctioned by the world’s governing body for cricket, the International Cricket Council, and title sponsored by KARP Group. 

The tournament has been broadcast live since 2008 and in 2012 reached over 115 million households on the Indian subcontinent, across Southest Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South Africa, as well as being packaged for distribution in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and China.


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「卡普集團香港六人板球賽2012」是唯一獲國際板球理事會(International Cricket Council, ICC)認可在香港舉辦的年度國際板球賽事,今屆將有8支球隊參加。


民政事務局副秘書長麥敬年先生(Jonathan McKinley)今天以「大型體育活動事務委員會」的代表身份出席記者會,以示對「香港六人板球賽」連續五年獲「M」品牌認可予以支持。

香港板球總會會長李和達先生(Captain Shahzada Saleem Ahmed)和香港板球總會主席繆禮敦先生(Simon Millington)二人亦親臨記者會現場主持抽籤儀式。







6名香港隊最有前途的球員連同總教練貝卓禮先生(Charles Burke),今午率先試穿球衣,而教練亦發表他對港隊在今年賽事的期望:



星期六單日票售港幣 $310(小童售價為港幣 $180),而星期日單日票則為港幣 $550(小童售價為港幣 $220)。兩日賽事套票為港幣 $800(小童為港幣 $380)。

「卡普集團香港六人板球賽2012」門票可於「快達票」網站(www.hkticketing.com)及訂購熱線購買,而位於奧運大樓的香港板球總會辦公室、九龍木球會、香港木球會及中環的 DotCod 餐廳亦將有售。


由香港板球總會於1992年首辦,「香港六人板球賽」是唯一在香港舉行的國際認可板球賽事。「香港六人板球賽」由全球板球運動管理組織 ─ 國際板球理事會授權,並「卡普集團」冠名贊助。


此新聞稿由 Elite Step Asia Limited 代香港板球總會發佈。


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