Sharjah is set for a unique cricket extravaganza, with an entirely novel concept called Quicket on Friday, October 14. The one of its kind cricket or quicket championship is being hosted by Red Bull and sponsored by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority as part of government and private sector initiatives to promote Sharjah. The sporting event that has evoked tremendous interest in the huge population of cricket aficionados in the emirate and beyond will be held in the parking lot of Sharjah’s Mega Mall.

The final showdown will see 16 teams fight for the title and each team will have two players. The qualifies for the Quicket match opened a month ago on September 16 and have been held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah. Speaking on the association of SCTDA with the cricket event, officials said that this is part of the Authority’s strategy to promote sports in Sharjah and enhance the emirate’s profile as a world class destination for international sports as well as a favourite tourist destination entire family.

In the new form of cricket, which is becoming increasingly popular around the world, each team will have two players facing two overs with the team scoring the most runs emerging winners. The field for Quicket is split into Four Zones, with each zone fetching the batsmen different number of runs. In the event of a tie, a Super Over of three balls will decide the winner.

Sharjah is celebrated and instantly recognized the world over for its international cricket thrillers in the 1980s and 1990s that attracted thousands of spectators and a global audience glued to their television sets as the best of the best from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, England and elsewhere clashed.

In recent years, Sharjah with its rich cultural heritage, tourist attractions and golden beaches has increasingly attracted international visitors from Europe and around the world.The first half of this year saw more than 750,000 tourists visit the emirate designated by the United Nations as the Cultural Capital of the Arab and Islamic world, registering an increase of 3 per cent. While Sharjah has focused on portraying itself as a family and heritage tourism destination, it has also been hosting and promoting international sports such as water sports, football, cricket and equestrian events.