Pakistan claim early cricket world cup bragging rights with 16-run win over India in Commonwealth Cup
- Diplomats gather at Kowloon Cricket Club to mark 150th anniversary of Royal Commonwealth Society
- Six team tournament also featured Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Pakistan’s diplomats claimed bragging rights over their Indian counterparts by beating them to win the Commonwealth Cup in Hong Kong on Friday.
The six-a-side cricket tournament, which featured representatives from six Commonwealth countries – Britain, Australia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa – was held to mark the 150th anniversary of The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS).
Leading players, including Anshuman Rath, Hong Kong’s captain, who played for India, took part in the event at Kowloon Cricket Club, which was also attended by the consul general from each country.
The teams were split into two groups, with India beating Australia and England to advance to the final, while Pakistan beat New Zealand and South Africa.
In a closely contested final, Pakistan eventually beat their opponents by 16 runs, holding India to 103 after scoring 119. The cup was presented to the winning team by Pakistan’s Consul General Abdul Qadir Memon
“The event was intended to promote friendship between Commonwealth countries where cricket is the most popular sport,” said Peter Mann, chairman of the RCS Hong Kong Branch.
Earlier this year, a similar event was held in March in New Delhi, with the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, opening the batting.
“Cricket is a popular game in Hong Kong,” Mann said. “Hong Kong has close business, legal and sporting links to the Commonwealth and an active branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society.”
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A friendly tournament with a competitive edge, there was an added charity element to Friday’s games, with an auction held to raise funds for those that suffer with epilepsy in Hong Kong.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that about 50 million people live with epilepsy across the world. In Hong Kong, around 60,000 to 70,000 people have epilepsy, according to the NGO Enlighten-Action for Epilepsy.
Mann said any money raised would be used for the Epilepsy Awareness Day, to be held on February 11 at the Hong Kong Red Cross Centre.