FCm clinches the Rezlive-Travelweb cricket trophy


In a nail-biting finish FCm’s team played a master stroke against Al Naboodah to take home the very first Travel Agents Cricket Tournament Trophy organised by Travelwebme.com and Rezlive.com. Al Rostamani Travel and Holidays, Al Naboodah Travel and Tourism Agency, Cox and Kings UAE, Cozmo Travel, Deira Travel and Tourist Agency, FCm Travel Solutions, SATA and NASA Travel participated in the indoor cricket tournament. The 12 overs per side match, which has a different set of rules and smaller pitches, became the perfect setting for the seething summers.

The tournament, which took place on June 11 at the United Pro Sports Club, saw eight teams playing the knockout round in which Deira Travels, FCm, Cozmo Travel and Al Naboodah proceeded to the semis. Deira Travels was paired opposite FCm while Al Naboodah was paired with Cozmo Travel in the semifinals. Al Naboodah tactically overpowered Cozmo Travel and won the match with much ease, on the other hand Deira Travel almost snatched the victory from FCm to reach the finals. However, FCm with their calm demeanour and elegant batting won the match.

In the finals, both Al Naboodah and FCm gave each other a tough time. In the first innings Al Naboodah batted and scored 68 runs and FCm bowled exceptionally well and kept them in check. In the second innings FCm marched on. However, they lost a couple of wickets giving the Al Naboodah team a boost. Both the teams kept each other at bay with their tactful batting and tight bowling, making it an absolute marvel of a match. However, FCm inched ahead winning the match.

At the presentation ceremony Jaal Shah, MD and CEO of Rezlive.com presented the winner’s trophy to Allen Peter, captain of FCm’s cricket team, while Prashant Sethumadhavan, CEO of Travelweb, handed over the runners up trophy to Amila Wickramasekara, captain of Al Naboodah’s cricket team. Praveen Shetty, Chairman of Fortune Group of Hotels, presented the Player of the Tournament award to Rizwan Azeez whose performance outshone his peers with his impeccable bowling and batting. He was also awarded a two nights stay at Fortune’s hotel in Fujairah. “I owe this to my team and couldn’t have done this without them,” said Azeez.

However, the icing on the cake was the extraordinary hospitality provided to all the eight teams and the organisers by Fortune Group of Hotels. Praveen Shetty and his team set up a lavish dinner at one of its finest properties in Karama, Fortune Karama Hotel, Dubai. They played gracious hosts to the entire trade who took part in the tournament. If there was a trophy for the best host, Fortune Group of Hotels, would win it hands down for their amazing reception. Every minute detail was taken care of and a lucky draw was held in which Raja Mohammed Shiha from SATA won himself two nights at Fortune’s Fujairah hotel.

With the huge success of the Travel Agents Cricket Tournament (indoor), the organisers, Travelweb and Rezlive.com will be organising another tournament this winter. “Travelweb would be organising many such events going forward to network amongst the travel trade,” said Sethumadhavan.

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