Ra­madan cricket plan to raise Dhs40,000 for char­ity

Dubai teenager launches sec­ond ‘Cricket for a Cause’

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT - By Mike Star­ling @mike­js­tar­ling

Dubai teenager Ashar Yahya is ex­pect­ing to raise Dhs40,000 from a char­ity cricket tour­na­ment he is or­gan­is­ing dur­ing Ra­madan.

Last year Ashar launched his first “Cricket for a Cause” Ra­madan tour­na­ment that fea­tured eight teams and raised Dhs13,000 for Dubai Cares to help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

This year the event has dou­bled in size with 16 teams play­ing from June 27 to July 4. Af­ter the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral event in 2015, the 17-year-old Dubai Col­lege stu­dent says he is en­joy­ing pre­par­ing for this year’s event. “I de­cided to or­gan­ise this char­i­ta­ble cricket league as it brings to­gether my pas­sion of cricket and en­trepreneur­ship, and it is some­thing I re­ally do en­joy,” said Ashar. “[Last year] I re­ceived a lot of sup­port from var­i­ous com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als, who were very keen to par­tic­i­pate in the league. “Sim­i­lar to last year, we will be rais­ing all the money for Dubai Cares. Last year, we raised Dhs13,300, but this year we are look­ing at rais­ing Dhs40,000 by the time the event is fin­ished.”

Last year stu­dents aged 16 and 17 took part in the tour­na­ment along­side staff from some of the spon­sors. The win­ning Emax team do­nated their Dhs1,300 win­nings to the cause. A sec­ond Emax team was run­ner-up and a school squad of pupils from JESS and Jumeirah Col­lege came third.

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