Paris University Club wins Jinnah Championship Cricket Trophy in France

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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 26 (APP): The Paris University Club has won the second edition of Jinnah Champions Trophy final after beating Dreux Cricket Club by scoring 243 runs against 216 runs in a closely contested match held at the Cricket Stadium of Dreux, a small town outside Paris.

The Jinnah Champions trophy was jointly organized by the Embassy of Pakistan and France Cricket (Official Cricket body of France) on Sunday, a press release from Pakistan Embassy, France said issued here.

Ambassador Moin ul Haque on the occasion said Jinnah Trophy had become a symbol of Pak-French friendship and would promote people-to-people contacts between Pakistan and France.

The Ambassador said Pakistan had always been associated positively with the sport of cricket, especially in France where cricket was becoming increasingly popular.

He said the aim of sponsoring this event was to highlight and promote the role of Pakistan in stimulating cricket in France.
Mayor of Dreux thanked the Ambassador of Pakistan for sponsoring the event and hoped that it would help to popularize cricket in France.

Later, Ambassador Moin ul Haq alongwith the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Paris gave away Jinnah Trophy to the winning team.

The match was witnessed by a large number of foreign and local dignitaries, including senior diplomats from the cricket-playing nations, senior officials from the French Ministry of Sports and the city administration.

French Women National team, President West Indies Cricket Board, President France Cricket and Chief Selector France Cricket also witnessed the final match.

The best teams of Division I, II and III of France Cricket participated in the event where Paris University Club and Dreux Cricket Club managed to reach the final. In all 24 teams participated in Jinnah Champions Trophy from all over France. The Group matches were started in May 2016.

Ali Virk emerged top scorer with 95 runs while playing first the Paris University Club scores 243 runs with the loss of four wicket while The Dreux Cricket club started its inning with a promising start but ended up scoring 216 runs.

Trophy was envisaged to be held for three years (initially) and is currently the most prestigious cricket tournament in the cricket circuit of France.

ICC representatives, the French Sports Ministry, French administration and French cricket clubs also took active part in making the championship a resounding success.