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CAC holds warm-up matches ahead of Cambodia’s ‘biggest’ cricket tourney

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Hashith of PPCC-Bulls won the ‘Man of the Match’ honours. CAC

The Cricket Association of Cambodia (CAC) organised a series of warm-up T20 and T10 matches ahead of the Cambodian Premier League (CPL) T20.

The matches, which pitted the PPCC-Bulls against PPCC-Lions, were held at the Morodok Techno National Stadium in the outskirts of Phnom Penh over the weekend.

The PPCC-Bulls won both matches.

The PPCC-Bulls won the toss of the first match and decided to bat first. The PPCC-Bulls lost its five wickets very early. PPCC-Bulls captain Rahul Syed scored 70 runs and Tyag Rajan had another 38 for the team. The PPCC-Lions could only make 65 runs and lost the match by 91 runs. Syed was named ‘Man of the Match’.

In the T10 match, the PPCC Bulls won the toss again and decided to bowl first. Hashith and Madhu Aman opened the game with 42 runs. Hashith was declared ‘Man of the Match ‘after scoring 48 runs. Kavyarasan added 28 runs, followed by Pradeep Singh with 20, Syed 16, Asanka 14 and Bhawani Singh 13. The PPCC-Bulls won the game by eight wickets.

CAC CEO Manish Sharma was very happy with the performance of all the teams and the enthusiasm of the players. “This will help the players prepare for the upcoming Cambodian Premier League, at the same time, will develop more interest in cricket across various communities in Cambodia,” he stressed.

The CPL T20 will be held from April 9 to 25. It was supposed to be held earlier, but its organisers decided to move the schedule due to the COVID-19 situation in the Kingdom.

Rahul Syed of PPCC-Bulls won the ‘Man of the Match’ honours. CAC

Nearly 7,500 players from 16 countries registered for the tournament. Those who registered include players from Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates and Myanmar.

The CAC pared down the number under a two-tiered draft. The Federation has already announced the 45 local and foreign players that were selected to play in the CPL T20. It will soon release the remaining 15 names.

The 60 players chosen in the draft will compose four of the six teams that will compete in the CPL T20. Tryouts will be held in Cambodia and overseas to choose the players for the remaining two teams, according to the CAC.

The CPL T20 will be the biggest cricket tournament ever held in Cambodia.

The CAC, according to Sharma, is setting up a plan to organise more T20 and T10 matches every Sunday at the Morodok Techo National Stadium.

He added by inviting all interested players to join them. Those interested can contact Sharma at 0965427465/[email protected]

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