The Consulate of Pakistan bagged the trophy during the 5th Diplomat Cricket Championship, which ran from January 29 to January 30, 2021, at the SUC Cricket Ground.
During the semi-finals, the Consulate of India played against the Consulate of South Africa, in which the South African team won by 7 wickets. The other match was between the Consulate of Pakistan and the Consulate of Bangladesh, in which the Pakistan team won by 14 runs.
For the finals, the Consulate of Pakistan won against the Consulate of South Africa by 59 runs.
H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India, delivered the opening remarks. During the closing ceremony, the Consul General of Sri Lanka, H.E. Nalinda Wijerathna, shared the importance of sports in encouraging team spirit in his speech. The Consul General of Pakistan, H.E Ahmed Amjad Ali, also shared some inspiring words to the athletes.
Mr. Nitin Anand, the Vice Chairman of Skyline University College and the Chairman of its Executive Council, delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of sports.
“Skyline University College, as a multi-cultural community, utilizes various unifying instruments to ensure that stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds learn together in harmony. One of these instruments is sport. Sports, especially cricket, have been part of the Skyline culture. And we are delighted to be part of the Diplomat Cricket Championship, which started five years ago under the patronage of the Consulate General of India and the support of various consulates. The Diplomat Cricket Championship is an annual event that serves as a way for the employees of the consulates to relax and unwind from their busy schedule. It is also a platform for strengthening cooperation and promoting positive communication and respect among the dignitaries in the UAE.”
Mr. Anand also reminded everyone to find joy in various activities like sports, but continue to practice physical distancing and ensure their health and safety. He also thanked the Consul Generals, dignitaries, and the participating teams for making the 5th Diplomat Cricket Championship a success.
The participating consulates for the 5th Diplomat Cricket Championship are the Consulate of Pakistan, which is also this year’s co-host, Consulate of India, Consulate of Sri Lanka, Consulate of USA, Consulate of Bangladesh, Consulate of Afghanistan, Consulate of South Africa, and Consulate of Australia.
Skyline, under the patronage of the Consulate General of India and in cooperation with various consulates, has been organizing the Diplomat Cricket Championship annually to strengthen cooperation and promote positive communication and respect among the dignitaries in the UAE.