The Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation has achieved a significant milestone after their national team won the inaugural ACC Men’s Challenger Cup 2023 in Bangkok. The men in green displayed a perfect record of five wins from five matches, emerging victorious in the tournament and beating Bahrain by 10 wickets in just four overs.
Prince Saud bin Mishal Al-Saud, Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation, expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Sports, Olympic Committee, and regional associations for their unwavering support in the team’s success. He further mentioned that Saudi Arabia, being the biggest country in the region with the most significant number of teams and players, would soon have leagues on all levels, not just one league.
The Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation aims to create a sustainable industry for locals and expats living in the Kingdom, making it a global cricketing destination. Prince Saud mentioned that the International Cricket Council, the Asian Cricket Council, and some successful international cricket boards and cricketers globally have supported Saudi cricket. Experts were also hired to help develop a model of a league that engages Saudi club brands along with all regional associations.
The ACC Men’s Challenger Cup is the first staging post in the Asian Cricket Council’s restructured three-tier pathway toward the Asia Cup 2023 to be hosted by Pakistan. The Saudi team will now play the first edition of the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup in Nepal, a tournament that provides a qualification pathway toward the Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan. The team’s win and future engagements demonstrate the Federation’s efforts to promote and develop the sport of cricket in the Kingdom.