BOCA RATON: The new innovative 59-ball Maq Cricket59 has won rave reviews around the cricketing scene as players and officials have come out in praise of Mahammad Qureshi for the idea.
Looking to spice up the cricket Qureshi who played under-19 cricket in his formative years decided to bring on the format and use the first ball as a ‘free hit’. Players have been going out fighting to face the first ball and looking to smash it out of the ground. We saw this in St. Maarten where during the Maq Cricket59 tournament 14 sixes were struck off the first ball of the innings.
Now Qureshi has decided to make it into the four-team tournament where players can freely move from team to team and get the experience. On the first call, at the Maq Cricket Stadium a total of 24 players showed up to take part. The four teams assembled are the Blues, Reds, Greens and Yellows. The players are now all battling to get into the system and to have their statistics showcased for all to see around the world.
After the first weekend there were some sterling performances and even Qureshi himself decided to take part and had scores of 18 and 44 and took 2/13 with his brisk pace. This weekend there will be cricket again at the Maq Stadium on Saturday and Sunday and a number of players will be expected to show to get involved in what is expected to be the fastest growing format in the US.