R A Muhammad Fahim, Sadr MKA Sri Lanka
The Annual Cricket Tournament of Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya and Atfal-ul-Ahmadiyya Sri Lanka was held on 27 June 2018 at Major Raj Ground, Kurana, Negombo.
The event started with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by silent prayer. Missionary, Javed Raheem Sahib made a short speech in which he said that these events are organised to encourage healthy living and to enhance skills to fulfil the needs of our religious duties. He added that such events create unity among members.
The teams in the Khuddam side were Negombo A, Negombo B, Colombo and Pasyala. According to Huzoor-e-Anwar’saa instructions, from Negombo Majlis, two teams were selected combining non-Sri Lankan Ahmadi members who live temporarily in Sri Lanka for the first time.
In total, 6 matches were played with 7 overs each. Negombo A and Negombo B were played in the final and the support for both teams was very passionate. Negombo A batted first and scored 67 runs. In response, Negombo B got 68 runs and were declared winners.
Prizes were awarded to Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Man of the Match of the final. Winners and runners-up were presented trophies by Anis Ahmad Sahib, National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Sri Lanka.
Similarly, a cricket tournament for Atfal was also held and trophies as well as certificates were distributed to them also.
All participating Khuddam and Atfal spent the entire day in the grounds. In between matches, players offered Zohr and Asr prayers.
The people of the city gave special attention to this event, and as the railway station is next to the playing field, members of public spectated our matches, as well as when the players observed Salat.