T20 Asia Blaze

To inspire the next generation of South Asian communities in London, Capital Kids Cricket and London Tigers have come together with the support of The England and Wales Cricket Board, Middlesex Cricket Board and Essex Cricket Board to initiate the “T20 Asia Blaze”. The teams are named as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and a team representative of England. The countries will be represented by UK based British Asian players with one professional player allowed in each team.

Elliott Davis Properties is our title sponsor this year and the competition is now called the Elliott Davis T20 Asia Blaze. 

The aims of the competition are:

  • To bring the top British Asian cricketers together
  • To integrate the South Asian communities by promoting different leagues to work together
  • To engage business and corporates from South Asian backgrounds in recreational cricket
  • To raise funds for the development of cricket amongst South Asians in grassroots level
  • To showcase the young talented South Asian players/match officials in London and signpost to wider opportunities
  • To increasing the percentage of South Asian cricketers who progress from recreational cricket to professional cricket.
  • To run this event annually and expand the competition nationally in the future

Event Format
• Games will be played in two groups at the same venue on a league basis with the top two in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Our ground chosen allow the all the teams and communities to enjoy the competition as both games take part at the same place with the competition completed within 5 weeks.
• Games will take place Peter May / The Walker Ground, Southgate CC. The final will be played at a top venue of Premier League standard or above.
• Matches will be every Tuesdays between 19th May to 16th June 2015 with games starting at 5:30pm.

Player Eligibility:
• Under 25 non first class players. One first class / international player will be allowed per team of any age. Each team should have minimum two under 19 players. Players must be eligible as local resident players i.e. Non Overseas

Post Competition Development
A representative squad from all the teams will tour one of the South Asian countries in 2016 for a pre-season training and further development. This team will comprised of the best talented young players from the competition. There will be some winter nets training before the tour to progress and further development the players with the aspiration that some of the best players are offered opportunities with counties such as Essex & Middlesex in 2016.

Team Auction: 
All teams will be auctioned during a high profile event by early March 2015. The winning bidders will secure the title of main sponsor for their respective countries for a two year period. Bidding will start from £5,000 as we want to have stability for a minimum of two years. All surplus funding after the event costs will be ring-fenced towards the pre-season tour and allocated to a grassroots development fund.

Team kit: 
Team will wear colour shirts and trousers based on their respective country and trying to emulate their international cricket heroes. The highest bidder for each country will have their branding on the shirts of their team along with the Title Sponsors logo.

Visit the Elliot Davis T20 Asia Blaze Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/t20asiablaze