CANBERRA (Australia) – Pakistan Navy team won the final of International Defence Cricket Challenge Cup (IDCC) 2015 by defeating Royal Malaysian Airforce team with 10 wickets in hand and 16 overs to spare at Munaka Oval Ground Canberra, Australia

Imran Ali was declared best bowler while Owais Ahmed Rahamani was declared best batsman as well as Player of tournament.

Pakistan Navy cricket team remained successful in defending the title for 2nd consecutive time while Pakistan Armed Forces Team is also the champion of IDCC 2012.

The International Defence Cricket Challenge Cup (IDCC) 2015 was held in Canberra, Australia from 16-28 November 2015.  T-20 and One Day matches were played amongst the teams of Defence Forces of different countries during the tournament.

Hundreds of cricketers from the defence forces of six countries, including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Fiji, Malaysia and Pakistan, have taken part in the challenge over the past two weeks. Cricket teams included 4 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand, 1 each from UK, Fiji, Malaysia and Pakistan.

​Pakistan Armed Forces Team was represented by Pakistan Navy. During the tournament, Pakistan Navy team played 4 x T 20 and 5 x One day matches with various teams during the tournament. Pakistan Navy Team won all T-20 and One day matches. Pakistan Navy team qualified for the final beating Royal Australian Navy by 6 wickets in the Semifinal.

​The final one day match was played today between Pakistan Navy and  Royal Malaysian Airforce teams at Munaka Oval Ground Canberra, Australia which was won by. Pakistan Navy Team by beating Royal Malaysian Airforce team with 10 wickets in hand and 16 overs to spare.

Naila Chohan Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia and Rear Admiral Ahmed Saeed with Pakistan Navy's cricket team after wining International Defence Forces Challenge Cup 2015 at Canberra, Australia

Naila Chohan Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia and Rear Admiral Ahmed Saeed with Pakistan Navy’s cricket team after wining International Defence Forces Challenge Cup 2015 at Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Pakistan Navy)

‘Defence Unity Through Cricket’ is the motto of International Defence Cricket Challenge

Organisers of the International Defence Cricket Challenge in Canberra are hoping the tournament will improve military relations between the participating countries.

Tournament director Lieutenant Colonel James Brownlie said the challenge had increased in popularity since it was first held in 2007. “We’ve gone from an eight-team men’s competition to a 16-team competition, which includes both men and women… 10 men’s sides and six women’s sides,” he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Brownlie said the challenge aimed to strengthen ties with the defence forces of other countries in the region. “Our motto for this tournament is ‘Defence Unity Through Cricket’, that’s what it’s about, understanding our neighbours,” he said.

“Cricket is perfect for that, the spirit of cricket very much aligns with the cultures of our defence forces.”

Admiral Ehmed Saeed from the Pakistan Navy agreed, saying valuable military relationships had been strengthened at the tournament. “Number one is bringing together the teams, the countries, to know each other well, and that is the binding force I think, which will be the winner today,” he said.

Major Hardeep Singh from the Royal Malaysian Air Force said his team was honoured to be invited to the tournament. “We are really obliged to be here, and to kiss the ground at Manuka Oval, and thanks to the public of Canberra, and the support from all the Australian services, it was great for us,” he said.

The Pakistan Navy team ahead of taking on the Malaysian Air Force in the International Defence Cricket Challenge men's final in Canberra. (Photo ABC News: Jonathon Gul)

The Pakistan Navy team ahead of taking on the Malaysian Air Force in the International Defence Cricket Challenge men’s final in Canberra. (Photo ABC News: Jonathon Gul)