Al Markab Main League 2016-17 – Champions in First Division Level- II- SAIPEM CC


By now, all of you must already know how far Team Saipem went this winter……yes you are absolutely right!! they went all the way and won Al Markab Main League 2016-17. They are, as you read deserving Champions indeed.

We can not deny the fact that they are champions but what exactly made them so deserving?? Since I’m sure all of you already know Saipem beat Enerco in the final and bla bla bla…….I wonder what exactly do I have here to tell, which you do not know already. So instead of going into how Rajeesh and Akhtar were simply unplayable or how destructive was Rahiman and how Nishant was simply unbeatable…….and that by the way sums up Al Markab Main League 2016-17 and you are welcome. So let’s look into what made Team Saipem so deserving??

They say best success stories often begin with failure and Saipem’s success story is no different. Michael Jordan once said…..

” Some want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen!!”

Speaking of Michael Jordan, it might come as a shock, but the man who became what many would call the best basketball player of all time didn’t make his high school basketball team!!

This is what made Jordan succeed, and I quote ” I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

So the recipe to best success story is not when you go out unbeaten and win everything but rather when you are met with countless failures and where all start to doubt your abilities to cut through, best success stories are those where you never give up and against all odds you carry on your struggle and eventually succeed.

For instance Sir Isaac Newton never did good at school and failed miserably at family farm, Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not write until he was seven causing teachers and parents think he was mentally handicapped, Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for lacking imagination and good ideas, Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor because they told her she was not fit for television and the list goes on and on but what made these people successful was self belief, confidence, hunger, will to win and a never give up attitude.

Three years back Team Saipem was filled with excitement, joy, hunger, passion, self belief, will to win and a nerve give up attitude but they would go on to loose everything…….last year 40/40 Main League they went on to win 7 consecutive matches but somehow couldn’t even make it to the next round by marginally loosing 3matches. This winter, after suffering early losses at the hands of Young Guns and Enarco people started to doubt Saipem’s ability to even qualify for the semis. This is exactly where self belief, passion, hunger, confidence, will to win and never give up attitude came into play and Team Saipem went on to become your champions!!

A wise man once said “be humble in your victory” and we humbly appreciate and acknowledge efforts of all teams in opposition to make this winter a remarkable one and most importantly congrats Enerco on a wonderful winter they surely played some good cricket out there. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters on and off field and specially to those who stayed with us throughout this winter, regularly reading our post and showing appreciation in all sorts of ways!!

We would also like to Thank our Sponsors ATL( Mr. Rizwan and Mr. Ashraf) and Ultimate Pipeline Services (Mr. Suhel and Mr.Ashraf) for entrusting us. Thank you very much guys it’s your love and appreciation that kept us fighting and we are proud to be your champions!!

Some want it to happen, some wish it to happen at Saipem we make it happen!!

Kindest Regards
Team Saipem