Following the global sports diplomacy trend, UAE has always encouraged sports and building long-lasting diplomatic relationships. Continuing the same efforts, Danube Group, the leading construction and building material company in the UAE announced the second edition of Danube Diplomats Cup in a ceremony held on November 22, 2014 at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.With the aim to promote sports culture in the nation, the group also unveiled the second Danube Test Series Tournament and launched the first season of Danube One Day International (ODI) Series in collaboration with Dubai Cricket Council.
The launch of the series was held in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development & Chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Rizwan Sajan, Chairman & Founder, Danube Group and Anis Sajan, Managing Director, Danube Group,Founder &Owner of Danube Lions Cricket Team, Adel Sajan, Director, Danube Group and other high profile officials from the management.
The glittering evening witnessed the attendance of, H.E. Clayton Kimpton -New Zealand, Consul General ; H.E. Masudurrehman -Bangladesh, Consulate General of in Dubai; H.E. Javed Jalil Khattak Consul General , Pakistan along with dignitaries of India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Afghanistan, England and South Africa. UAE was represented by David East and Mazhar Khan. Another star who graced the occasion with his presence was former South African player Johnty Rhodes, one of the best fielders in the world.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of the members of Pakistan National Team who mingled with the guests .These included Misbah- UlHaq (Captain), WaqarYounis (coach,) Moin Khan (Manager) and other star players like Younis Khan who is on a run spree and going through a purple patch, AsadShafiq, Yasser Shah, Azhar Ali,Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Talah, Mushtaq Mohammed (spin bowling coach).Both Asad Shafiq and Yasser Shah play for team Danube during their off season.
The 2014 event will witness participation of Diplomats & Dignitaries of the 10 nations in an attempt to bring the expat communities closer and promote friendship, peace and harmony.
Speaking on the occasion, Anis Sajan, Managing Director of Danube Group,Founder & Owner of Danube Lions Cricket Team said, “Second Season of Diplomats Cup is another historic occasion for Danube and we are thrilled to have 10 countries taking part in the tournament. With this event, we continue our initiative and passion for cricket.”
“This year is indeed more special with UAE as one of the participating teams. I am sure everyone will have their eyes glued on the performance of UAE team led by the highly talented Waleed Bukhatir, son of a legendary pioneer of cricket in UAE, Mr. Abdul Rahman Bukhatir. With the announcement of the three upcoming sports event, the idea is to build a fitter and a healthier sports culture in the nation and give a platform to the players to showcase their talent. We are highly thankful to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Dubai Cricket Council for their esteemed support and collaboration in the test and one day series tournament. The first year of Danube Diplomats Cup witnessed a thrilling finale between arch rivals India & Pakistan.” he added.
Danube Diplomats Cup tournament will be a fun filled family event scheduled to be held on Friday, November 28, 2014, 1pm onwards at Insportz Indoor Club in Al Quoz.The Second season of Danube Test Series will begin at ICC Academy from December 17, 2014 with participation of four teams followed by ODI series in January 2015 naming Alleppey Ripples ,Eurocon Alubond, Grand Midwest Hotels and Danube Lions.