Chicago: It was an unforgettable evening for Chicago cricket fans on Thursday November 19, 2015 at the Khan Banquet Hall for the 3rd annual United Cricket Tournament. More than 200 people including several elected officials and members of the Pakistan & Indian-American community attended.
United Cricket Tournament is organizing cricket tournament for the cricket lovers every year to promote the cricket game in Chicago since 2013. United Cricket tournament provide a major platform for the passionate cricketers to prove their talent and then go on to represent USA at the International level. Young Cricketer participated in the program with a lot of spirit and enthusiasm. The Program was full of celebration and appreciation Community recognitions.
A Minute silence held in memory of Paris terror victims. Qari Abdul Mannan delivered an inspiring recitation from the Holy Qur’an which was followed by its English translation.
Several cricket teams were represented by their captains and vice captains and were honored at the event. The event was emcee by Hammad Qureshi.
The Specials guests on this occasion were Judge Anthony Simpkins, Khan Lateef Khan (Chairman Munsif Group) and Judge Jerry Esrig
Win trust community Bank and Syed Hussaini have always been at the forefront of supporting such initiatives to give back to the society and support the talent of this city. Syed Hussaini stated “Win trust Bank continues to pursue the path of innovation and excellence”. The Chief Advisor Hameed Ullah Khan of the UCT greatly appreciated the efforts of the President UCT, Cricketer and Coaches in making the tournament a success.
The other speakers included Judge Jerry Esrig, Judge Anthony Simpkins, Minhaj Akhter, Chief Advisor Syed Mushtaq Hussain, Iftekhar Shareef-(Chairman Board of Trustees FIA Chicago) and Shawn Turner
The chief guest on this occasion was Debora Silberstein. Chief Guest spoke on the occasion, “I appreciated the activities of United Cricket in the Ward 50 Chicago and I would like to congratulate both the teams for Played good in the final. This tournament has proved that the passion for cricket in our City is irreplaceable”.
Trophies and prizes were distributed among the players at the end of the ceremony. A number of special prizes were also awarded on the occasion.
The tournament was closed officially by the Closing remarks of the United Cricket Tournament president Adil Azeem Khan with the hope that next year this tournament will be arranged with more participation from the cricket lovers. He thanked all the dignitaries and sponsors (especially Wintrust Bank, JK kabob & Shafeeq Khawaja Etc.) attending the event.
Supporter and make success of this closing event were Syed Mahmood Mukarram, Mohammed Rafi, Dr.Siraj, Dr. Akram, Jamil Akhter and Shakeel Ullah Khan.
The Event concluded with a light musical evening that was enjoyed by the audience.
Report and Pictures Syed Khalil Ullah
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