About City Kaitak
Why Kaitak? Kaitak, the home to the old Airport with one of the most difficult approaches, and the home to the new and architecturally one of the most beautiful Cruise Terminals located on the edge of Kowloon City, is what we call our home base. Like the game of Cricket, the area represents the romanticism of both the old and the new. Looking into the fragrant Victoria Harbour on one side and Lion Rock, representing the “Can-do” spirit of Hong Kong, on the other, the area will soon become a sports hub of Hong Kong. Our team which is promoted by “Old” fans of cricket is committed to the development of the cricket in the youth, the “New” of Hong Kong.
Team Sponsors: Opportunities still available. If you are interested in sponsoring, please get in touch. In addition to financial support, we also need your passionate participation.
About the Franchise: City Group has an illustrious history of being a part of sports in general and cricket in particular. It has a multi national presence with a diversified portfolio of businesses. The Group’s flagship City Forex had the naming rights for the cricket stadium in Guangzhou, China and were the title sponsors for the winning team in HK T20 Blitz in its inaugural year. City Sports (the latest addition to City Group) now owns two leading cricket franchises - City Kaitak for the HK T20 Blitz and Bloem City Blazers, a lead franchise in the T20 Global League, South Africa.We are committed and passionate about the game and its development. The team at City Group is a group of people with unbelievably diverse backgrounds brought together with a solid bond of friendship and trust.
Mission Statement: Be A Part, Stand Apart. Our aim is to make the Hong Kong T20 Blitz an internationally renowned tournament. As a team we will strive to lead the tournament while upholding the spirit and standard of Cricket.
Hong Kong T20 Blitz is a Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament, which will hold its third edition from February 6-11 in 2018. The tournament is a five-team competition held over six days at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground in Mong Kok.
In 2018, each team will be permitted a total of six overseas players, five of which can play in each game. The remainder of the squad of 16 is made up from Hong Kong's best domestic talent.
The 2017 event was highlighted by the signing of ICC World T20 winning Captain Darren Sammy, Kumar Sangakkara, Misbah Ul-Haq, Ian Bell, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chris Jordan. Kowloon Cantons defeated City Kaitak in the final with Hong Kong's own Babar Hayat upstaging the overseas talent by winning the player of the final award.
The tournament recorded 11.8 million views across Facebook and YouTube over the five days in 2017, obliterating the first year’s 51,000 over two days and the anticipated target of 1 million.
Over 8.4 million of those views were live during the coverage, with the remaining 3.4 million watched the videos on demand.
While, the majority of viewership came from cricket stronghold markets such as India, the growth in the local Hong Kong market was also notable.
A total of 146,000 views in total were from the Territory, up from just 8,000 in the Blitz’s opening season.
In addition, both weekend days of the tournament were sold out, which resulted in an electric atmosphere both at the ground and during the broadcast.