Introducing Atlas UTC Knights (AUK) FanCode ECS Malta
FanCode ECS Malta provides an opportunity for ten leading Maltese teams to showcase their skills on the magnificent island of Malta, contesting 48 games over 12 days. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
Originally a tape ball team and proudly representing the Kerala community in Malta, most of the Knights side had never even played hardball cricket before joining the MCA for the 2019 season. After finishing a worthy third in their debut season, Atlas UTC Knights cruised through undefeated to the Maltese League Final in 2020, overcoming the reigning champions to secure a stunning success. In Basil George, Knights possess one of the most explosive batsmen in Europe and are serious contenders for the title.
Atlas UTC Knights finished top of the standings during the group stages of the 2020 European Cricket Series Malta, the only unbeaten side with seven wins. However, Knights came unstuck in the all-important Final to Marsa and will be looking to go one better this time around.
Captain: Sujesh Appu
WK: Ajay John
Projected Top Four: Samuel Stanislaus, Basil George, Ciril Mathew, Al Ameen Abdul
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sujesh Appu, Justin Shaju, Bose Paul, Asif Sha
Spin Options: Samuel Stanislaus
Basil George - powerhouse of AUK, has the ability to smash all around the park, hammered 196 runs at a strike rate of 192 in December 2020.
Samuel Stanislaus - Knights Mr Dependable, leading run-scorer in the previous edition with 339 runs to his name, hammered 26 HUGE maximos, considered the best Knights fielder.
Justin Shaju - one to watch with the ball, can swing the ball around at decent pace.
Manoj Salikumar Panickar - talented left-hander who can give it a whack.