So finally, after an action-packed thrilling & exciting week, Red Bull Campus Cricket Championship 2016 comes to an end. University of Punjab (UCP), after losing the 2015 championship by a narrow margin, have come back strong. Ceased this one by beating Karachi University in Finals and crowned as Red Bull Campus Cricket Pakistan Champions 2016. Wow! Congratulations Lads, well played!
The tournament has in recent years stamped its name across Pakistan as the only platform that provides a lifetime opportunity for cricketers in campuses around the country. To showcase their talent not only at the national level but also by competing at the international level in the World Finals.
Ali Tipu, UCP’s captain led from the front with an astonishing bowling spell to ensure that his team successfully defend total of 118. Accumulated on a sluggish DHA Sports Club, Moin Khan Academy, pitch that had plenty of moisture following heavy rains in the days leading up to the tournament. Batting first, the UCP batsmen were content at occupying the crease and accumulating runs rather than aiming for a score that would have been tough to post due to the nature of the pitch.
The KU outfit that had won two previous Red Bull Campus Cricket finals at the same venue, were undone by the disciplined line and length of the UCP bowlers who maintained a stranglehold on the proceedings from the get go.
At the post match presentation an elated Tipu thanked his coaches and team for their unflinching support that led them to their crowning glory.
Tipu and his team now travel to Sri Lanka to compete in the World Finals of the Red Bull Campus Cricket. They will rub shoulders with the winners from seven other countries in the annual international tournament that has become an incredible attraction for campus cricketers of the participating nations.
KU and Jinnah Government College have represented Pakistan in the earlier editions of the world finals and now UCP joins the club.
Red Bull Campus Cricket
Overall the 2016 Pakistan edition of the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament was nothing but a roaring success. With as many as 80 campuses taking part in the month long event. Red Bull Campus Cricket played vital role in spreading the game far and wide. Involving teams from every nook and corner of the country.
Some outstanding talent has been unearthed in the previous years. This year was no different with many talented cricketers impressing with their skills with the bat and the ball.