Mujeeb Ahmed Mirza, Secretary Majlis-e-Sehat, UK
On 29 May 2023, twenty teams from across the globe came to London for the 12th T20 International Masroor Cricket Tournament organised by Majlis-e-Sehat UK, consisting of 14 countries, which involved 55 matches played across four venues in London, including at two brand new grounds in Barns and Chiswick. The final day took place on 3 June 2023 at Abbey Recreation Ground and Nursery Road Playing Field.
The tournament’s preparations began in January, when 36 countries were sent invitation letters. The management team worked diligently and very hard to deliver the tournament successfully.
On 29 May 2023, the inauguration took place, followed by a special dinner to welcome the teams to the tournament. Amir Sahib Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK presided over the inauguration. The tournament group formations were revealed during this session. The group matches started on 30 May 2023 at four venues on eight grounds. The standard of cricket played throughout the tournament was exceptionally high, as the teams advancing into the semis were composed of thoroughly experienced cricketers who have honed their art playing top-level cricket in their countries of residence, with some also having played close to professional standard cricket in Pakistan before migrating to their newly adopted homes across Europe, the USA, and Australia.
The final was played between the United Kingdom and Germany, and Germany won. The organisers used an online scoring app, available at www.cricclubs.com/ACAUK, to keep everyone up to date on the fixtures and scores. The final session, chaired by Amir Sahib Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK, took place immediately following the final match.
As a special honour, the participants were granted the opportunity to have a team photo with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, on 4 June 2023 after the Zuhr prayer in Islamabad.