4 teams to showcase cricket talent in Cup

(From left) CricHQ director Stephen Fleming, CEO Simon Baker and Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim at the press conference on June 16, 2015.
(From left) CricHQ director Stephen Fleming, CEO Simon Baker and Tembusu Partners chairman Andy Lim at the press conference on June 16, 2015. PHOTO: CRICHQ

Singapore's top cricketers and emerging talents are set to feature in the CricHQ Red Dot Cup, which will be played this weekend at the Yorker Ground in Soon Lee Road.

The new Twenty20 tournament involves teams from the banking, construction, information technology and marine industries.

"Each team must field players working in their particular industry," said former first division player Maneesh Tripathi, 52, who devised the format.

"Also mandatory is a student in the playing eleven. Three wildcards can also be availed."

The four teams - Banking Champs, Construction All-rounders, Technology Torpedoes and Marine Waves - have gone all out in recent weeks to find sponsors and field strong line-ups.

"I feel the competition will be intense, as Singapore has not seen a tournament of this quality in quite a while," said Rakshan Rai, 36, a former first-class player from India who resides in Singapore.

Cricket digital platform CricHQ, in which Singapore-based private equity firm Tembusu Partners invested US$10 million (S$13.6 million) last month, quickly realised the potential of the tournament and came in as the title sponsor.

"It's an innovative competition that integrates corporate cricket players with Singapore's top local talent," said Simon Baker, 50, CricHQ's founder and chief executive officer. "We jumped at the opportunity to sponsor it and highlight our world-class digital platform for cricket at the same time."

For Kiran Deshpande, 54, former president of the Singapore Cricket Association and former captain of the Singapore national team, the tournament offers another avenue for emerging players to show off their skills.

"To get into the national team, they have to excel in Division One," he said.

"If they shine in this tournament, given its stature, they will surely be noticed by the national selectors."

The matches will commence at 8am tomorrow. The final is scheduled for 5pm on Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2015, with the headline '4 teams to showcase cricket talent in Cup'. Print Edition | Subscribe